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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French impertinent.

PronunciationEdit

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 meaning (derived from the French below), the 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.

DutchEdit

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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