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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
When a Republican legislator objected to the amendment as not being germane to the underlying bill, the Democratic majority stopped the debate.
Byrne said that any call for gun control would require careful scrutiny to see if proposals were germane to the situation and legally viable.
Whether there are good uses for the currencies isn’t really germane, and there don’t appear to be, at least not yet.
Or perhaps his anti-Trump, pro-Clinton sentiments were not germane to his mere copy editing or his reliance on a thesaurus.
Second Circuit: The auction house must produce documents germane to the foreign litigation.
The debate also could prove germane to another landmark campaign finance decision from the Supreme Court, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal elections from wealthy donors.
Thus, the Trump administration has decided to pretend that those worries are germane to the agreement.
As recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere show, questions about postwar responsibilities are increasingly germane, and murky.
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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.
to the point;
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
GERMANE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of germane for English Language Learners
: relating to a subject in an appropriate way
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