from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Troublesomely solicitous or pressing; vexatiously persistent; pertinacious.
  • Troublesome; vexatious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; overpressing in request or demand; urgent; teasing.
  • adjective rare Hard to be borne; unendurable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb rare To importune, or to obtain by importunity.
  • adjective Of a demand: persistent or pressing, often annoyingly so.
  • adjective Of a person: given to importunate demands, selfishly or thoughtlessly demanding.

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  • adjective expressing earnest entreaty


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From French importuner ("to bother, disturb")

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From Latin importune +‎ -ate



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  • "expressing earnest entreaty"

    -an alliterative definition

    November 15, 2007

  • she now dreaded

    each night the importunate mauve-capped swollen member.

    - Peter Reading, Carte Postale, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008