Relevant | Definition of Relevant by Merriam-Webster


rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

Definition of relevant

1a : 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

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relevantly adverb

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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

Examples of relevant in a Sentence

… the sport [men's tennis] is so invisible to the American fan that it's in danger of becoming as relevant as—gasp—soccer — Mike Freeman, NewYork Times, 1 Sept. 2002 Mendelian genetics is no more relevant to understanding heredity in the real world than Euclidean geometry is to understanding the shape of an oak tree. — Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999 But it is much less relevant when the question becomes, as it should, "What, then, must we do with and for the one third or so of black America that seems to be permanently alienated from the structures of opportunity in this society?" — Glenn C. Loury, Atlantic, November 1997 The smallest distance that is relevant to measurement today is something like 10-17 centimeters, which is how far a thing called the Z0 (see zero) can travel before it departs our world. — Leon Lederman et al., The God Particle, 1993 The ideas and observations expressed in the book are still relevant today. make sure your comments during the interview are short and relevant
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Recent Examples on the Web For example, ask about training that has been valuable and any relevant resources like books or webinars. Michael Smith, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Travelers who can prove they were previously infected with Covid through a positive PCR test taken between 28 days and six months before arrival, and who show no relevant symptoms, are considered to be fully recovered. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Look no further than the Spice Girls’ entire, perpetually-relevant musical oeuvre! Marie Claire Editors, Marie Claire, 5 Sep. 2021 The executive order directs the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to oversee a declassification review of documents related to the FBI’s Sept. 11 investigations., 3 Sep. 2021 The report stated that the Census Bureau already had a team working on that effort with other government agencies that had relevant authority and expertise. Shawn Boburg, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2021 And though the campaign season in Texas and across the nation is more perpetual than ever, the end-of-summer holiday is a relevant 2022 marker. Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Lewontin may have passed away this summer, but his work is enduringly relevant. Eve Sneider, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 Some of the relevant laws, such as wire and mail fraud, have penalties of up to $250,000 and 20 years’ imprisonment for each email, website visit, call, or package sent as part of the scheme. Wesley Oliver, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of relevant

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for relevant

Medieval Latin relevant-, relevans, from Latin, present participle of relevare to raise up — more at relieve

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Relevant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relevant

: relating to a subject in an appropriate way


rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

Kids Definition of relevant

: having something to do with the matter at hand a relevant question


rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

Legal Definition of relevant

1 : tending logically to prove or disprove a fact of consequence or to make the fact more or less probable and thereby aiding the trier of fact in making a decision determined that the evidence was relevant also : having a bearing on or reasonably calculated to lead to a matter that bears on any issue in a case for purposes of pretrial discovery — see also relevant evidence at evidence
2 : having significant and demonstrable bearing on facts or issues was not a relevant case

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