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Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Definitions for importunate

  1. Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.

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Citations for importunate
An emperor penguin in captivity starved to death by feeding all his rations -- about six pounds of fish daily -- to an importunate chick. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Emperor's Embrace
The play is a cacophony of importunate ringing doorbells and telephones, of pleas both professional and romantic from an exasperating assortment of colleagues and admirers. Ben Brantley, New York Times
Origin of importunate
Importunate is derived from Latin importunus, "unsuitable, troublesome, (of character) assertive, insolent, inconsiderate."