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importunate

adjective

  1. (beseeching)  expressing earnest entreaty
    Synonyms: important [obsolete]. Similar to: beseeching
  2. (crucial)  of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
    Synonyms: crucial, important, imp. [abbreviation]. Similar to: critical, life-and-death, pivotal

Etymology summary

Latin importunus "inconvenient, unseasonable", based on Portunus, the name of...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

importunate | insistent [synonym, sense-specific] | annoying [synonym, sense-specific] | troublesome [synonym, sense-specific] | importunately [adverb, derived]

persistent or demanding; insistent | [rare] troublesome; annoying (7 of 411 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

importunate | importunated [past tense] | importunating [present participle] | importunates [3rd-person singular present]

Of a demand: persistent or pressing, often annoyingly so. | Of a person: given to importunate demands, selfishly or thoughtlessly demanding. | [rare] To importune, or to obtain by importunity. (28 of 123 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

importunate | importune [adjective, importunate] | troublesome [synonym, sense-specific] | burning [synonym, sense-specific] | clamant [synonym, sense-specific] | compelling [synonym, sense-specific] | critical [synonym, sense-specific] | crying [synonym, sense-specific] | dire [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand | "troublesome" (9 of 111 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/importunate

Oxford Dictionary:

importunate | importunities [plural] | importunately [derived] | importunity [derived]

persistent, especially to the point of annoyance (7 of 57 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/importunate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

importunate [formal]

continuing to ask for something in a determined and annoying way (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/importunate

New World Dictionary:

importunate | importunately [adverb, related] | importunateness [noun, related]

urgent or persistent in asking or demanding; insistent; refusing to be denied; annoyingly urgent or persistent | [obsolete] troublesome; annoying (19 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunate

Cambridge Dictionary:

importunate [formal]

repeatedly asking for something, in a forceful and annoying way | An importunate request or question is repeated and forceful in an annoying way (23 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/importunate

Random House Dictionary:

importunate

urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so. | pertinacious, as solicitations or demands. | troublesome; annoying. (15 of 30 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/importunate

American Heritage Dictionary:

importunate | importunately [adverb, related] | importunateness [noun, related]

Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating (8 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/importunate

Encarta Dictionary:

importunate

continually asking for something, especially in a forceful, insistent, or troublesome manner | requiring immediate attention and action (17 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620435​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

importunate | importunities [plural]

First use: early 16th century

Origin: Latin importunus "inconvenient, unseasonable", based on Portunus, the name of the god who protected harbours (from portus "harbour"); ... (21 of 24 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

importunate | importunated [past tense] | importunating [present participle] | importunates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin importune + -ate | French importuner ("to bother, disturb")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/importunate

New World Dictionary:

importunate

Origin: Latin importunus (see "importune") + "-ate"

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Online Etymology:

importunate

First use: 1520s

Origin: "importune" + "-ate".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=importunate

importune

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome", from Latin importunus "unfit, ... (18 of 40 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

importunate

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Latin importunus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620435​/definition​.html  [offline]

importune | importuned [past tense] | importuning [present participle] | importunes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: French importuner or medieval Latin importunari from Latin importunus "inconvenient, unseasonable" from Portunus, god of harbors

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620436​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

importunate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "importunate"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

importunate [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "importunate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/importunate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

importunate [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "importunate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

importunate [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "importunate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "importunate"

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the Free Dictionary:

importunate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "importunate"

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Google Dictionary:

importunate

Audio: English pronunciation of "importunate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

importunate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "importunate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

importunate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "importunate" by speech synthesizer

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