American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Impertinence

IMPER’TINENCE

IMPER’TINENCY, n. [L. impertinens; in and pertinens, pertineo, to pertain; per and teneo, to hold.]

1. That which is not pertinent; that which does not belong to the subject in hand; that which is of no weight.

2. The state of not being pertinent.

3. Folly; rambling thought. [Little used.]

4. Rudeness; improper intrusion; interference by word or conduct which is not consistent with the age or station of the person. [This is the most usual sense.]

We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of pedants.

5. A trifle, a thing of little or no value.

There are many subtile impertinencies learnt in schools-

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Impertinence," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ZZP3NRHVHMPNCC.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Impertinence." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ZZP3NRHVHMPNCC.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Impertinence' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ZZP3NRHVHMPNCC.