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- adj. Not pertinent; irrelevant.
In two others, he said, the couple discussed "patently nonpertinent subjects" such as their children and home-renovation projects.
The May sessions also will focus on various airline pilots distracted by cell phones, personal laptops or nonpertinent conversations while seated behind the controls.
By carefully blending pertinent questions with nonpertinent questions, the interrogator can conceal the true purpose of the inquiry.
I have often wondered how it came about (though the matter is wholly nonpertinent) that Mr. Beerbohm married an American ladyquite a habit with English essayists, by the way: Hilaire Belloc and Bertrand Russell did likewise.
Crews are supposed to maintain a "sterile cockpit," in such situations, with no nonpertinent communications.