Definition of pertinent
: having a clear decisive relevance to the matter in hand
Examples of pertinent in a Sentence
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
A more pertinent question than “What am I?” is “How can I be who I am and still hack it in America?” —C. Eric Lincoln, Lure and Loathing, 1993
But as my moment of fame ticks by, a more pertinent issue persists: What hath CNN wrought in the worlds of communications, of diplomacy, of politics? —Peter Arnett, Washington Post, 25-31 Mar. 1991
No recurrent symbolism in the Odyssey is more pertinent than the long and deliberate stripping its hero undergoes: of his ships, of his men, of his hopes, of his clothes, even of his very skin on the cliffs of Corfu. —John Fowles, Island, 1978
he impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney's questions
Recent Examples of pertinent from the Web
Does a one-on-one workout really tell you anything pertinent to an actual NBA game with 10 players on the floor? -- Jack, Fort Myers.
The best player on the planet sat at the podium, looking into the cameras and speaking into a microphone, and, yet, when asked the most pertinent question of the day –
Yet as investors ponder a potential acquisition, there's a more pertinent question that's worth asking: Why would Kraft Heinz, the renowned maker of ketchup and cheese, want to buy Colgate?
For example, if a foreign leader is visiting, Trump will receive information pertinent to that country, often delivered by a subject-area expert.
Signs now can change on demand to signal consumers, users or just passers-by of new, pertinent information.
The terrifying hubris depicted in the movie is ever more pertinent given that President Trump has recently signaled an intention to increase the American military presence in Afghanistan.
This year, startup Color Genomics is offering a $249 genetic test that can sequence most of the pertinent genes in the human body.
But so far the pertinent months are September and October, and only major metros like New York, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles are being surrounded by My Bloody Valentine’s patented walls of tremolo guitar, whispered vocals and relentless riffage.
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Origin and Etymology of pertinent
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre —see pertain
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of pertinent
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Definition of pertinent for English Language Learners
: relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed
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