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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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It works every time, I've never had to argue about it or further importune them.
She advised her that the posters were illegal under the Representation of People's Act as they sought to importune voters on their way to the station.
In contrast to Kane's attempts to importune us into Mamet's corner, the writer himself, quite frankly, couldn't give a damn if we agree or disagree with his take on turning 50, or whether or not we buy into his con.
However, offshoots of the Tambara branch who went abroad achieved some note, Pakistan as champion sire in New Zealand, Sairiya and Importune with Derby victories in Yugoslavia and Australia respectively.
If prayer is a beseeching, a seeking after the hidden heart and face of God, then this peremptory, querulous, insistent demanding, this pounding at your door, cannot be called a prayer--this importune sleeve-tugging while you are distracted, concerned, perhaps, with something more important: holding Earth to its orbit, perhaps, keeping it from careening into the sun; or perhaps you tend another world other than ours and do a better job with that one, where there is nothing like AIDS and your tutelage is gentler and the lessons are easier to learn.
Word of his fortune reaches Athens, and as a variety of Athenians importune Timon again, he curses them and dies.
Members of Congress are too nice to their colleagues, too nice to the bureaucrats whose work they are supposed to oversee, and too nice to the lobbyists who importune them and give them money (but not for specific favors, of course).
Four Tempters, representing youthful love of pleasure, yearning for power, desire for the company of wealthy men, and pride as a longing for martyrdom, importune Becket, but he rejects all four and emphasizes his wish to serve the Law of God rather than the Law of Man.
Where American parents threaten to sue teachers, their Japanese counterparts importune them to be more demanding.
They said men should have the "freedom to importune" and advocated against "puritanism."
In this wise, those who importune government and the management of Tech-U to populate it with students paying tokenistic fees do not seem to mean well for it.
[beaucoup moins que] Il faut vivre Alger dans sa splendeur, lui donner un bol d'oxygene, respecter le pieton dans son espace ou il peut etre a l'aise sans etre importune par les voitures et les klaxons [beaucoup plus grand que], avait soutenu l'edile de la capitale.