importunate


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im·por·tu·nate

 (ĭm-pôr′chə-nĭt)
adj.
Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating: an importunate job seeker.

im·por′tu·nate·ly adv.
im·por′tu·nate·ness n.
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importunate

(ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt)
adj
1. persistent or demanding; insistent
2. rare troublesome; annoying
imˈportunately adv
imˈportunateness n
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im•por•tu•nate

(ɪmˈpɔr tʃə nɪt)

adj.
1. overly urgent or persistent in solicitation.
2. troublesome.
[1520–30]
im•por′tu•nate•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.importunate - expressing earnest entreaty; "an importunate job applicant"
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importunate

adjective (Formal) persistent, demanding, pressing, dogged, earnest, troublesome, insistent, solicitous, clamorous, exigent, pertinacious, clamant His secretary shielded him from importunate visitors.
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importunate

adjective
Firm or obstinate, as in making a demand or maintaining a stand:
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Translations

importunate

[ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt] ADJ [demand] → importuno; [person] → pertinaz
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importunate

adjaufdringlich; salesman also, creditor, demandhartnäckig, beharrlich
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importunate

[ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt] adj (frm) → importuno/a
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References in classic literature ?
The King, startled at this discourse, denied that he had given any such orders, and was very importunate to know the author of our intelligence, but finding me determined not to discover him, he sent me away with a promise that for the future we should be furnished with everything we wanted, and indeed that same day we bought three goats for about a crown, and some honey, and found ourselves better treated than before.
During this interval she had become a less vivid and importunate image, receding from his foreground as May Welland resumed her rightful place in it.
At last the feeling on my side became so importunate that I could no longer keep silence.
Presently one of the passengers, after vigorously pushing his way through the importunate crowd of porters, came up to him and politely asked if he could point out the English consulate, at the same time showing a passport which he wished to have visaed.
Here they eagerly slaked their thirst; but, this being allayed, the calls of hunger became equally importunate. Ever since they had got among these barren and arid hills where there was a deficiency of grass, they had met with no buffaloes; those animals keeping in the grassy meadows near the streams.
Nor had he done it now, had not the younger sportsman, who was excessively eager to pursue the flying game, over-persuaded him; but Jones being very importunate, the other, who was himself keen enough after the sport, yielded to his persuasions, entered the manor, and shot one of the partridges.
"Because we have very important matters to communicate to one another, and it was impossible to talk five minutes in that inn without being annoyed by all those importunate fellows, who keep coming in, saluting you, and addressing you.
Henri; there were only about a dozen of them, but they made as much noise as might have sufficed for fifty; they seemed very little under her control; three or four at once assailed her with importunate requirements; she looked harassed, she demanded silence, but in vain.
He saw several customers sent away, and asked himself whether he, who came to buy nothing, would not be more properly deemed importunate. He therefore asked very politely if he could see M.
Holker laughed good humoredly, and explained that his creditors were never more importunate.
He repeated the words impatiently from time to time, appearing entirely unconscious of everything except this one importunate want, and giving no sign of knowing his wife or any one else; and poor Mrs.
A letter, however, had lately reached me in a distant part of the country--a letter from him-- which, in its wildly importunate nature, had admitted of no other than a personal reply.