per·​ti·​nence | \ ˈpər-tə-nən(t)s How to pronounce pertinence (audio) , ˈpərt-nən(t)s \

Definition of pertinence

: the quality or state of being pertinent : relevance

Examples of pertinence in a Sentence

job applicants should question the pertinence of any questions about their personal lives
Recent Examples on the Web His stature in world history is arguably comparable too—and there is a special pertinence to his heritage. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 In selecting signature causes, business pertinence beats democracy. David Hessekiel, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Normally, the byzantine workings of academic-tenure review are of little pertinence to anyone beyond the individuals involved. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 29 May 2021 During these episodes players are given a small range of questions to choose from and are graded at the end of the interrogation on the pertinence of their choices. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 More meetings with less institutional pertinence, more managing up. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 20 May 2021 Considerations such as possible poetry pertinence are made based on responses to an intake questionnaire emailed after booking. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Paro, a robotic baby seal designed by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, was introduced in 2003 but is finding new pertinence in the era of social distancing. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 23 June 2020 And, despite his order, Highberger wrote that the legal landscape would benefit from an appeals court weighing in on the pertinence of AB5 and the Dynamex decision to the trucking industry. Carolyn Said,, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pertinence

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Pertinence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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