Definition of importunate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪmˈpɔːtʃənət//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpɔːrtʃənət//
(formal) Describing annoying traits
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asking for things many times in a way that is annoying importunate demands/pleas See related entries: Describing annoying traits Word Originearly 16th cent.: from Latin importunus ‘inconvenient, unseasonable’, based on Portunus, the name of the god who protected harbours (from portus ‘harbour’); compare with opportune.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: importunate