adjective \ˈre-lə-vənt\

: relating to a subject in an appropriate way

Full Definition of RELEVANT

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
rel·e·vant·ly adverb

Examples of RELEVANT

  1. The ideas and observations expressed in the book are still relevant today.
  2. <make sure your comments during the interview are short and relevant>
  3. … 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

Origin of RELEVANT

Medieval Latin relevant-, relevans, from Latin, present participle of relevare to raise up — more at relieve
First Known Use: 1560

Synonym Discussion of RELEVANT

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>.


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