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Examples of germane in a Sentence
- The press material for this film contains some notes made by the Dardenne brothers during the shooting. Such material is usually disposable, but these notes are germane.. —Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic, 3 Feb. 2003
- Bork and his supporters argued that his "academic" writings and his speeches were not germane to whether he should be confirmed. —Elizabeth Drew, New Yorker, 2 Nov. 1987
- From time to time, engineers and scientists hold conferences … where they trot out ideas they have developed, frequently ideas germane to solving practical problems. —Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985
facts germane to the dispute
my personal opinion isn't germane to our discussion of the facts of the case
Recent Examples of germane from the Web
As recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere show, questions about postwar responsibilities are increasingly germane, and murky.
In the end, even as American and United close their gaps with Delta, the most germane answer to why Delta appears to enjoy a structural advantage for profitability is simply a function of where the airline flies.
Republicans can challenge amendments as not being germane or not being budgetary in nature.
The methodology of the actual medical procedure is not germane to the bill,
House members said this bill would fix the sunset issues, despite Patrick’s earlier claims that an amendment on the bill wasn’t germane and wouldn’t fix the problem.
Nothing that is not germane to his work as a consulting detective is allowed to clutter up his mind.
This is understandable in the central role: Harry has kept many chapters of his life story sealed tightly shut, and so his emotional reticence (as conveyed by Song Kim’s understated performance) feels germane and appropriate.
The insight of the movie - delivered amid a torrent of half-germane, half-gratuitous raunch - is that lust, dissatisfaction and restlessness have a way of manifesting themselves at every age and stage of life.
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Did You Know?
Wert thou a Leopard, thou wert Germane to the Lion. So wrote Shakespeare in Timon of Athens (circa 1607), using an old (and now obsolete) sense of germane meaning "closely akin." Germane derives from the Latin word germen, meaning "bud" or "sprout," which is also at the root of our verb germinate, meaning "to sprout" or "begin to develop." An early sense of germane referred specifically to children of the same parents, who were perhaps seen as being like buds on a single tree.
Origin and Etymology of germane
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsapplicable, apposite, apropos, pertinent, material, pointed, relative, relevant
Antonymsextraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless
Related Wordsappropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowable
Near Antonymsfrivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissible
Synonym Discussion of germane
- found material relevant to her case
- a point not germane to the discussion
- facts material to the investigation
- a pertinent observation
- add an apposite quotation to the definition
- the rule is not applicable in this case
- the quip was apropos
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