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 Considerations such as possible poetry pertinence are made based on responses to an intake questionnaire emailed after booking. New York Times, "Can We Learn Anything From Horses?," 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, "Algorithms won’t end racism—they’re making it worse," 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, 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

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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 8 May. 2021.

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