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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French impertinent

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AdjectiveEdit

impertinent ‎(comparative more impertinent, superlative most impertinent)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered
    • Tillotson
      things that are impertinent to us
    • Jeremy Taylor
      How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
  2. irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)

Usage notesEdit

Although, historically, definition 2 was the original (derived from the French below) usage; meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to, once again, incorporate definition 2. Many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.

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NounEdit

impertinent ‎(plural impertinents)

  1. An impertinent individual.

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

impertinent m ‎(feminine singular impertinente, masculine plural impertinents, feminine plural impertinentes)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impertinent ‎(comparative impertinenter, superlative am impertinentesten)

  1. insolent, ill-mannered

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