arrogance:​the behaviour of a person when they feel that they are more important than other people, so that they are rude to them or do not consider them

Oxford learner's dictionary

I think the meaning of the explanation is clear, but I don't understand the grammatical function of "so that.....them". Is it within when-clause?

  • It sounds like you are asking the meaning of the "so that ... them" expression, which is not directly related to the definition of "arrogance" or any other word.
    – Andrew
    Nov 15, 2019 at 6:05
  • So you are saying the definition is not so perfectly constructed, doesn't stand congruity?
    – ForOU
    Nov 15, 2019 at 6:33
  • No @Robbyzhu, Andrew has summarised your question, but he has not offered any response to it.
    – JavaLatte
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:03

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so that introduces a clause that is a direct consequence of the preceding clause. here is the same concept described in a different sentence structure.

Person X feels that they are more important than other people. Because they think that they are more important than other people, they think that it is OK to be rude to them or not consider them. The behaviour of person X is arrogance.

  • So "so that...." Is an adverbial clause of result. I feel it a little awkward that an Adverbial clause inside a when-clause. It is not clear the writer wants to describe a behavior when someone feel sth or a behaviour when being rude
    – ForOU
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:44
  • Maybe this way is better: Arrogance is: rudeness or inconsiderateness displayed by people who believe they are more important than other people.
    – ForOU
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:46
  • @Robbyzhu The original version indicates causality (the "of result" part of "adverbial clause of result"), but yours does not. Try this: "Arrogance is rudeness or lack of consideration displayed by people because they believe they are more important than other people. Anyway, I don't see anything wrong with nesting a so that clause inside a when clause. This nesting happens often.
    – JavaLatte
    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:40

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