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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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.
Adams complained that Britain was "using every exertion with unwearied importunity to obtain the assent to it of all the great European powers and of the United States.
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'.
Like Austen's Wentworth to Anne, Burney's Ellis approaches Harleigh slowly and unwillingly, apologizing for the importunity, and pronouncing indistinctly, "I must appear.
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.
Jesus does not reprimand Thomas for his importunity.
Was there harassing importunity, and a compliance for the sake of peace in the dying hour
my Inclination to go Abroad, and his Importunity prevailed and engaged me [by] ship, as a private Trader to the East Indies: This was in the year 1694.