(Im*per`spi*cu"i*ty) n. Want of perspicuity or clearness; vagueness; ambiguity.
(Im`per*spic"u*ous) a. Not perspicuous; not clear; obscure; vague; ambiguous.
(Im`per*suad"a*ble) a. [Cf. Impersuasible.] Not to be persuaded; obstinate; unyielding; impersuasible.
(Im`per*sua"si*ble) a. [Pref. im- not + persuasible: cf. OF. impersuasible.] Not persuasible; not
to be moved by persuasion; inflexible; impersuadable. Dr. H. More. Im`per*sua`si*bil"i*ty n.
(Im*per"ti*nence) n. [Cf. F. impertinence. See Impertinent.]
1. The condition or quality of being impertinent; 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
3. That which is impertinent; a thing out of place, or of no value.
There are many subtile impertinences learned in schools.Watts.
(Im*per"ti*nen*cy) n. Impertinence. [R.]
O, matter and impertinency mixed!Shak.
Reason in madness!
(Im*per"ti*nent) a. [F., fr. L. impertinens, -entis; pref. im- not + pertinens. See Pertinent.]
1. Not pertinent; not pertaining to the matter in hand; having no bearing on the subject; not to the point; irrelevant; inapplicable.
Things that are impertinent to us.Tillotson.
How impertinent that grief was which served no end!Jer. Taylor.
2. Contrary to, or offending against, the rules of propriety or good breeding; guilty of, or prone to, rude,
unbecoming, or uncivil words or actions; as, an impertient coxcomb; an impertient remark.
3. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.
Syn. Rude; officious; intrusive; saucy; unmannerly; meddlesome; disrespectful; impudent; insolent.
Impertinent, Officious, Rude. A person is officious who obtrudes his offices or assistance where
they are not needed; he is impertinent when he intermeddles in things with which he has no concern.
The former shows a want of tact, the latter a want of breeding, or, more commonly, a spirit of sheer
impudence. A person is rude when he violates the proprieties of social life either from ignorance or
wantonness. "An impertinent man will ask questions for the mere gratification of curiosity; a rude man
will burst into the room of another, or push against his person, inviolant of all decorum; one who is officious
is quite as unfortunate as he is troublesome; when he strives to serve, he has the misfortune to annoy."
Crabb. See Impudence, and Insolent.
(Im*per"ti*nent), n. An impertinent person. [R.]
(Im*per"ti*nent*ly), adv. In an impertinent manner. "Not to betray myself impertinently."
(Im`per*tran`si*bil"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being impertransible. [R.]