pertinence

noun
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

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Examples of pertinence in a Sentence

job applicants should question the pertinence of any questions about their personal lives
Recent Examples on the Web 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, SFChronicle.com, "California judge rules gig law does not apply to truck drivers," 9 Jan. 2020 Nnaji herself responded to Ava’s tweet shortly after — thanking her for her comments and shedding light on the film’s language pertinence. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "“Lionheart” Director Speaks Out After Oscar Disqualification," 5 Nov. 2019 Fortunately, the Democratic field includes one person familiar with Thucydides’ warning and who is unafraid to assert its contemporary pertinence. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet," 14 July 2019 Fortunately, the Democratic field includes one person familiar with Thucydides’ warning and who is unafraid to assert its contemporary pertinence. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet," 14 July 2019 Fortunately, the Democratic field includes one person familiar with Thucydides’ warning and who is unafraid to assert its contemporary pertinence. George Will, National Review, "To Defeat Trump, Democrats Should Nominate Michael Bennet," 14 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of pertinence

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Pertinence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pertinence. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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