pertinency

noun
per·​ti·​nen·​cy | \ ˈpər-tə-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pertinency (audio) , ˈpərt-nən(t)-sē \

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Examples of pertinency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the experiences of CAHOOTS and its spinoffs have gained a new instructive pertinency as municipalities nationwide look to divest parts of their public safety apparatus from police departments. Krithika Varagur, The New York Review of Books, "In Place of Police: The Oregon Experiment," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pertinency

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Pertinency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pertinency. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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