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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
These concepts are germane to both the current black political and media moment, as well as in figuring out just what to think about Parker.
All of this seems more germane to the Voting Rights Act arguments.
If a good portion of Siri’s functionality isn’t even germane to the desktop experience, why even deliver a port?
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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
Middle English germain, literally, having the same parents, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of germane
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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