adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin relevant-, relevans, from Latin, present participle of relevare to raise up — more at relieve Date: 1560 1. a. having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand b. affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion <
relevant testimony
c. having social relevance 2. proportional, relativerelevantly adverb Synonyms: relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection <
found material relevant to her case
. germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion <
a point not germane to the discussion
. material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case <
facts material to the investigation
. pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance <
a pertinent observation
. apposite suggests a felicitous relevance <
add an apposite quotation to the definition
. applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case <
the rule is not applicable in this case
. apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune <
the quip was apropos

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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