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  • adj. Not pertinent; irrelevant.


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non- +‎ pertinent


  • In two others, he said, the couple discussed "patently nonpertinent subjects" such as their children and home-renovation projects.

    Judge Rejects Wiretap Dismissal in Insider Case, Rebukes FBI

  • The May sessions also will focus on various airline pilots distracted by cell phones, personal laptops or nonpertinent conversations while seated behind the controls.

    Hudson Collision Errors

  • By carefully blending pertinent questions with nonpertinent questions, the interrogator can conceal the true purpose of the inquiry.

    The Ears of America

  • I have often wondered how it came about (though the matter is wholly nonpertinent) that Mr. Beerbohm married an American lady—quite a habit with English essayists, by the way: Hilaire Belloc and Bertrand Russell did likewise.

    “A Clergyman”

  • Crews are supposed to maintain a "sterile cockpit," in such situations, with no nonpertinent communications.

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