Importunate

  • 1 Importunate — Im*por tu*nate ([i^]m*p[^o]r t[ u]*n[asl]t), a. [See {Importune}.] 1. Troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; overpressing in request or demand; urgent; teasing; as, an importunate petitioner, curiosity. Whewell. [1913 Webster] 2. Hard to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 importunate — index important (urgent), insistent, obligatory, precatory, urgent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 importunate — (adj.) 1520s, from IMPORTUNE (Cf. importune) + ATE (Cf. ate), or else from M.L. importunatus, pp. of importunari. Related: Importunately (mid 15c.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 importunate — *pressing, urgent, imperative, crying, insistent, exigent, instant Analogous words: demanding, claiming, requiring (see DEMAND): persistent, persevering (see corresponding verbs at PERSEVERE): pertinacious, dogged (see OBSTINATE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 importunate — [adj] demanding, insistent burning, clamant, clamorous, crying, disturbing, dogged, earnest, exigent, harassing, imperative, instant, overly solicitous, persevering, persistent, pertinacious, pressing, solicitous, troublesome, urgent; concepts… …

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  • 6 importunate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ persistent or pressing. DERIVATIVES importunately adverb importunity noun (pl. importunities) . ORIGIN Latin importunus inconvenient , from Portunus, the god who protected harbours …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 importunate — [im pôr′choo nit, im pôr′chənit] adj. [< L importunus (see IMPORTUNE) + ATE1] 1. urgent or persistent in asking or demanding; insistent; refusing to be denied; annoyingly urgent or persistent 2. Obs. troublesome; annoying importunately adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 importunate — [[t]ɪmpɔ͟ː(r)tʃʊnət[/t]] ADJ (disapproval) If you describe someone as importunate, you think they are annoying because they keep trying to get something from you. [FORMAL] His secretary shielded him from importunate visitors. Syn: troublesome …

    English dictionary

  • 9 importunate — adjective Date: 1528 1. troublesomely urgent ; overly persistent in request or demand < importunate creditors > 2. troublesome • importunately adverb • importunateness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 importunate — importunately, adv. importunateness, n. /im pawr cheuh nit/, adj. 1. urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so. 2. pertinacious, as solicitations or demands. 3. troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for… …

    Universalium

  • 11 importunate — 1. adjective /ɪmˈpɔːtjuːnət/ a) Of a demand: persistent or pressing, often annoyingly so. b) Of a person: given to importunate demands, selfishly or thoughtlessly demanding. See Also: importune 2 …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 importunate — im|por|tu|nate [ımˈpo:tʃunıt US o:r ] adj formal continuously asking for things in an annoying or unreasonable way ▪ importunate demands >importunity [ˌımpəˈtju:nıti US pərˈtu: ] n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 importunate — adjective formal always asking for things in an annoying or unreasonable way: importunate demands importunately adverb importunity noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 importunate — Synonyms and related words: aggravating, annoying, bothering, bothersome, cajoling, choiceless, clamant, clamorous, coaxing, compulsory, controlled, crying, demanding, disturbing, draining, dunning, exacting, exasperating, exigent, exorbitant,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 importunate — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. insistent, pressing, harassing, clamorous; see disturbing , urgent 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Firm or obstinate, as in making a demand or maintaining a stand: importune, insistent, persistent, urgent. See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 importunate — im|por|tu|nate [ ım pɔrtʃənət ] adjective VERY FORMAL continuing to ask for something in a determined and annoying way: PERSISTENT …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 importunate — im·por·tu·nate || ɪm pÉ”rtʃʊnÉ™t / pɔːt adj. persistently demanding; annoying; pressing, urgent …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 importunate — permutation …

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  • 19 importunate — [ɪm pɔ:tjʊnət] adjective persistent or pressing. Derivatives importunately adverb importunity noun (plural importunities). Origin C16: from L. importunus inconvenient , based on Portunus, the god who protected harbours; see word history at …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 importunate — a. Urgent, pertinacious, pressing, teasing, busy, earnestly solicitous …

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