relevance
noun Date: 1733 1. a. relation to the matter at hand b. practical and especially social applicability ; pertinence <
giving relevance to college courses
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2. the ability (as of an information retrieval system) to retrieve material that satisfies the needs of the user

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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