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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

  • But she had only meant it for that evening, and he had gone on importunately.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Yet it haunted him, though at rare intervals, and not importunately.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • When admitted he was very noisy, and importunately talkative.

  • How realistically, how importunately, how pitifully she took form before him!

  • Secrets the bark and bud scales hide have been revealed to those who have patiently and importunately inquired.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

British Dictionary definitions for importunately


  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 importunately



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

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