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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"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. Matthew characterizes her identity as different not only ethnically and nationally but also by the term "Canaanite,"is which in Israelite history evoked religious abhorrence and national enmity (Matt.
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.
Grant urged an immediate "assault" on Corinth with "great importunity"; Halleck, perhaps with Lincoln's cautionary words in mind, preferred "the method of slow approaches." During the war, Grant's father apparently wrote that his son "used [such strong] language" to Halleck on this occasion that the general "expected to be arrested and tried." Historians have overlooked or ignored these reports that an importunate Grant knocked heads with Halleck and have instead focused on other accounts of what was probably the same meeting, accounts that fit more comfortably within the narrative of eclipse, despair, and salvation.
"I'm looking for the bright spot." 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.
In these circumstances, the will, whose choices are sometimes made for the sake of consequences in the future and whose motives are sometimes derived from influences in the past, surrenders its initiative to the importunity of time.
In the mid-17th century, it was 'thro' the importunity of his wife' that the Hertfordshire gentleman Arthur Poulter began to build 'a very fair house of brick', which he never lived to complete; and in Restoration Oxford, it was allegedly the Warden of Merton's wife who forced him to put the college to 'unnecessary charges and very frivolous expenses', including a large looking-glass and new furniture for the Lodgings, because the old furniture was 'out of fashion'.
Even if not conspicuously or predictably aligned, experts (including court-appointed experts) do not enter disputes without professional, institutional, and ideological "baggage." (62) Expert selection may be far more important than any pressures or importunity brought about by adversarial alignment and interactions with parties and their lawyers.
Like Austen's Wentworth to Anne, Burney's Ellis approaches Harleigh slowly and unwillingly, apologizing for the importunity, and pronouncing indistinctly, "I must appear....