importunity


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IMPORTUNITY. Urgent solicitation, with troublesome frequency and pertinacity.
     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.

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Therefore, it was a relief to vex his heart with a picture of the riches the old man hoarded, and to expatiate on his cunning in removing himself even beyond the reach of importunity.
He further said that feeling its national and religious responsibilities, Ghazali Education Trust have arranged the contest were not only the need of the time but also the importunity under the present circumstances.
Those buffer zones, Souter wrote in 2000, shielded "people already tense or distressed in anticipation of medical attention (whether an abortion or some other procedure) from the unwanted intrusion of close personal importunity by strangers.
Johnson later might have had second thoughts about this importunity, since King and civil rights activists would take direct action in Selma, Alabama, that aroused massive resistance from local police and state troopers as well as national demonstrations in support of the marchers, some of which were directed at the president for not taking immediate action to avert the violence.
But when Laertes warns her not to get too close to Hamlet, or else she may "lose [her] heart, or [her] chaste treasure open / To his unmastered importunity," she grows still and stares straight ahead as he tells her to "fear it" (1.
Finding new love in a middle school principle, Oliver's life seems to be growing more problematic, but the importunity to make a difference in the lives of others may give Oliver what he needs to fix his own life.
The massiveness and importunity should be greater because the present protests are insufficient in bringing down the government," stated Marku.
In his account of the Canaanite woman's faith in the district of Tyre and Sidon, Matthew records Jesus confining his sentness to Israel--"I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"--but this understanding of a purely local calling is challenged immediately and successfully by the foreign woman's importunity.
And to proue that a great fancy may sometimes accompany great virtues, shee compiled in verse the passages of hir whole life, which my vncle Holies (after hir death) borrowed from my father with Importunity, and lost as negligently.
Despite this importunity, Donne was careful not to offend Dorset, and his courtly skills bore fruit in 1624 when the Earl added the vicarage of St.
Even as she made things up, devised complicated, impossible scenarios that took her mind down twisting roads through a wildwood of importunity and confusion, she was troubled, like someone from an archaic country, by thoughts of the simple life she'd lost.
And to the importunity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.