adjective \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


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