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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impertinent  \Im*per"ti*nent\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  impertinens, 
  -entis;  pref.  im-  not  +  pertinens.  See  {Pertinent}.] 
  1.  Not  pertinent;  not  pertaining  to  the  matter  in  hand; 
  having  no  bearing  on  the  subject;  not  to  the  point; 
  irrelevant;  inapplicable. 
 
  Things  that  are  impertinent  to  us  --Tillotson. 
 
  How  impertinent  that  grief  was  which  served  no  end! 
  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Contrary  to  or  offending  against,  the  rules  of  propriety 
  or  good  breeding;  guilty  of  or  prone  to  rude, 
  unbecoming,  or  uncivil  words  or  actions;  as  an  impertient 
  coxcomb;  an  impertient  remark. 
 
  3.  Trifing;  inattentive;  frivolous. 
 
  Syn:  Rude;  officious;  intrusive;  saucy;  unmannerly; 
  meddlesome;  disrespectful;  impudent;  insolent. 
 
  Usage:  {Impertinent},  {Officious},  {Rude}.  A  person  is 
  officious  who  obtrudes  his  offices  or  assistance  where 
  they  are  not  needed;  he  is  impertinent  when  he 
  intermeddles  in  things  with  which  he  has  no  concern. 
  The  former  shows  a  want  of  tact,  the  latter  a  want  of 
  breeding,  or  more  commonly,  a  spirit  of  sheer 
  impudence.  A  person  is  rude  when  he  violates  the 
  proprieties  of  social  life  either  from  ignorance  or 
  wantonness.  ``An  impertinent  man  will  ask  questions 
  for  the  mere  grafication  of  curiosity;  a  rude  man  will 
  burst  into  the  room  of  another,  or  push  against  his 
  person,  inviolant  of  all  decorum;  one  who  is  officious 
  is  quite  as  unfortunate  as  he  is  troublesome;  when  he 
  strives  to  serve,  he  has  the  misfortune  to  annoy.'' 
  --Crabb.  See  {Impudence},  and  {Insolent}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impertinent  \Im*per"ti*nent\,  n. 
  An  impertinent  person.  [R.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  impertinent 
  adj  1:  characterized  by  a  lightly  pert  and  exuberant  quality;  "a 
  certain  irreverent  gaiety  and  ease  of  manner"  [syn:  {irreverent}, 
  {pert},  {saucy}] 
  2:  not  pertinent  to  the  matter  under  consideration;  "an  issue 
  extraneous  to  the  debate";  "the  price  was  immaterial"; 
  "mentioned  several  impertinent  facts  before  finally  coming 
  to  the  point"  [syn:  {extraneous},  {immaterial}] 
  3:  improperly  forward  or  bold;  "don't  be  fresh  with  me"; 
  "impertinent  of  a  child  to  lecture  a  grownup";  "an 
  impudent  boy  given  to  insulting  strangers"  [syn:  {fresh}, 
  {impudent},  {overbold},  {smart},  {saucy}] 




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