/ɪmpɔˈtjunəti/ (say impaw'tyoohnuhtee)

noun (plural importunities)
1. the state of being importunate; persistence in solicitation: *Stephen's importunity resulted in the date of the wedding being put forward to July of the following year –martin boyd, 1946.
2. (plural) importunate solicitations or demands.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • importunity — index call (appeal), dun, entreaty, prayer, request Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • importunity — (n.) early 15c., persistence, insistence; over eagerness, from M.Fr. importunité (14c.), from L. importunitatem (nom. importunitas) unsuitableness; unmannerliness, incivility, from importunus unfit, troublesome (see IMPORTUNE (Cf. importune)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • importunity — [im΄pôrto͞on′i tē, im΄pərto͞on′i tē; im΄pôrtyo͞on′i tē, im΄pərtyo͞on′i tē] n. pl. importunities [Fr importunité < L importunitas] an importuning or being importunate; persistence in requesting or demanding …   English World dictionary

  • importunity — 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

  • importunity — noun insistent solicitation and entreaty (Freq. 1) his importunity left me no alternative but to agree • Syn: ↑urgency, ↑urging • Derivationally related forms: ↑urge (for: ↑urgency) …   Useful english dictionary

  • importunity — noun (plural ties) Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being importunate 2. an importunate request or demand …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • importunity — /im pawr tooh ni tee, tyooh /, n., pl. importunities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being importunate; persistence in solicitation. 2. importunities, importunate solicitations or demands. [1425 75; late ME importunite < L importunitas. See… …   Universalium

  • importunity — noun /ɪmpɔːˈtjuːnɪti,ˌɪmpɔrˈtuːnɪti/ A constant and insistent demanding …   Wiktionary

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