[ im-pawr-chuh-nit ]
/ ɪmˈpɔr tʃə nɪt /


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

Origin of importunate

1520–30; importune (adj.) + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for importunately


/ (ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt) /


persistent or demanding; insistent
rare troublesome; annoying
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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