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 for Impertinent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impertinent \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.
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              Things that are impertinent to us.    --Tillotson.
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              How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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     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.
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     3. Trifing; inattentive; frivolous.
     Syn: Rude; officious; intrusive; saucy; unmannerly;
          meddlesome; disrespectful; impudent; insolent.
     Usage: 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 lack of tact, the latter a lack 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impertinent \Im*per"ti*nent\, n.
     An impertinent person. [R.]
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