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Impertinence Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    impertinence n
  1. an impudent statement [syn: impudence, cheek]
  2. the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties [syn: crust, gall, impudence, insolence, cheekiness, freshness]
  3. inappropriate playfulness [syn: perkiness, pertness, sauciness, archness]
Impertinence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Impertinence \Im*per"ti*nence\, n. [Cf. F. impertinence. See Impertinent.]
  1. The condition or quality of being impertnent; absence of pertinence, or of adaptedness; irrelevance; unfitness.
  2. Conduct or language unbecoming the person, the society, or the circumstances; rudeness; incivility. We should avoid the vexation and impertinence of pedants who affect to talk in a language not to be understood. --Swift.
  3. That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no value. There are many subtile impertinences learned in schools. --Watts.
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