impertinence

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noun im·per·ti·nence \(ˌ)im-ˈpər-tə-nən(t)s, -ˈpərt-nən(t)s\

Definition of impertinence

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being impertinent: such asa :  irrelevance, inappropriatenessb :  incivility, insolence

  2. 2 :  an instance of impertinence

Examples of impertinence in a Sentence

  1. a disciplinarian of the old school, he refused to tolerate any impertinence from his children

  2. the impertinence of deliberately ignoring waiting customers while they finished their conversation

1603

First Known Use of impertinence

1603


IMPERTINENCE Defined for Kids

impertinence

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noun im·per·ti·nence \im-ˈpər-tə-nəns\

Definition of impertinence for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being very rude or disrespectful



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