pertinence

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

Definition of pertinence 

: the quality or state of being pertinent : relevance

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Examples of pertinence in a Sentence

job applicants should question the pertinence of any questions about their personal lives

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But realizing the play’s own kind of mortality—its slow shift from urgent cri de coeur to period piece mined for pertinence—bathes it in a loving new light, one that Elliott teases out gracefully in this production’s finest scenes. Richard Lawson, Vanities, "Review: Angels in America Returns to Broadway in All Its Triumph and Tragedy," 26 Mar. 2018 Yet the singularity of 1968 does not diminish its pertinence to our present turmoil. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Fifty Years After His Death," 10 Feb. 2018 There can be no denying the worth or pertinence of such an undertaking at a time when black men face acts of violence, incarceration and death on a seemingly day-to-day basis. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lawrence Brownlee delivers committed reading of new song cycle about being black and male in America," 23 Feb. 2018 Now, however, attention must be paid to demonstrating the continuing pertinence of the Founders’ premises to places with the crackling energy of booming Arizona. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 11 Mar. 2017 Now, however, attention must be paid to demonstrating the continuing pertinence of the Founders’ premises to places with the crackling energy of booming Arizona. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 11 Mar. 2017 Now, however, attention must be paid to demonstrating the continuing pertinence of the Founders’ premises to places with the crackling energy of booming Arizona. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pertinence

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pertinence was in 1611

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