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 be borne; unendurable. [R.] --Donne. -- {Im*por"tu*nate*ly}, adv. -- {Im*por"tu*nate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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