adjective per·ti·nent \ˈpər-tə-nənt, ˈpərt-nənt\

: relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed

Full Definition of PERTINENT

:  having a clear decisive relevance to the matter in hand
per·ti·nent·ly adverb

Examples of PERTINENT

  1. <he impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney's questions>
  2. At the dawn of the common-law court system, jurors took their places as residents of the neighborhood where the pertinent events had occurred, who were assumed to possess special knowledge of the facts and, more important, of every witness's credibility. —Hiller B. Zobel, American Heritage, July/August 1995


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre (see pertain)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PERTINENT

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>.
PERTINENT Defined for Kids


adjective per·ti·nent \ˈpər-tə-nənt\

Definition of PERTINENT for Kids

:  relating to the subject that is being thought about or discussed :  relevant <a pertinent question>


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