1. [syn: importunity, urgency, urging]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Importunity \Im`por*tu"ni*ty\, n.; pl. Importunities. [L.
importunitas unsuitableness, rudeness: cf. F.
The quality of being importunate; pressing or pertinacious
solicitation; urgent request; incessant or frequent
application; troublesome pertinacity.
O'ercome with importunity and tears. --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: insistent solicitation and entreaty; "his importunity left
me no alternative but to agree" [syn: importunity,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "importunity":
blandishment, buttonholing, cajolement, cajolery, coaxing,
demandingness, dunning, exigency, importunacy, importunateness,
insistence, nagging, persistence, pertinaciousness, pertinacity,
pestering, plaguing, plying, pressing, pressingness, pressure,
teasing, urgency, urging, wheedling
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
IMPORTUNITY. Urgent solicitation, with troublesome frequency and
2. Wills and devises are sometimes set aside in consequence of the
importunity of those who have procured them. Whenever the importunity is
such as to deprive the devisor of the freedom, of his will, the devise
becomes fraudulent and void. Dane's Ab. ch. 127, a. 14, s. 5, 6, 7; 2
Phillim. R. 551, 2.