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  1. urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
  2. pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
  3. troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for attention.
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Origin of importunate

1520–30; importune (adj.) + -ate1
Related formsim·por·tu·nate·ly, adverbim·por·tu·nate·ness, nounun·im·por·tu·nate, adjectiveun·im·por·tu·nate·ly, adverbun·im·por·tu·nate·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • She choked upon an importunate sob and dug nails into the palms of her hands.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • My dear fellow, the A B C of your craft is to dismiss the importunate.

  • Importunate seems to be used here in the sense of oppressive or overbearing.

  • "It's too late now, Sonny," he said to the importunate child.

  • What most annoyed the king at this time was the importunate demands of Lubeck.

British Dictionary definitions for importunate


  1. persistent or demanding; insistent
  2. rare troublesome; annoying
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Derived Formsimportunately, adverbimportunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for importunate


1520s, from importune + -ate, or else from Medieval Latin importunatus, past participle of importunari. Related: Importunately (mid-15c.).

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