per·​ti·​nent | \ ˈpər-tə-nənt How to pronounce pertinent (audio) , ˈpərt-nənt \

Definition of pertinent

: having a clear decisive relevance to the matter in hand

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pertinently adverb

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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web The raw data pertinent to this matter makes a very straightforward case. Bright Simons, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s Year of Return is on its way to success so the government should stop using bad data," 20 Dec. 2019 One pertinent example of this is the Twitter account of someone who claimed to be named Jena Abrams, who also maintained a blog pretending to be a young, conservative American woman. Josephine Lukito, Quartz, "How to avoid another Russian-troll misinformation nightmare in 2020," 13 Dec. 2019 Hurley sat at a table in front of the media room and unfurled a piece of paper with pertinent numbers. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State basketball coach Bobby Hurley lashes out at Pac-12 Network broadcast team," 12 Dec. 2019 Some pertinent numbers: The Nuggets were fifth in the NBA last season with 312 passes per game. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets Mailbag: Should franchise consider trading Michael Porter Jr.?," 27 Nov. 2019 One group attended eight weekly meetings where a social worker prompted participants to express their emotions and discuss topics pertinent to chronic pain and opioid use (or misuse). Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Opioid addiction can be overcome with mindfulness, study suggests," 17 Oct. 2019 Smart Size Your Life Senior citizens and their family members are invited to Maud Marks Library every third Friday of the month to listen to experts discuss various topics pertinent to senior living. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 13 Oct. 2019 Once sent, Amber Alerts interrupt television broadcasts, send alarms directly to mobile phones, appear on electronic highway signs and are distributed to retailers across the state with the pertinent information to try to help find the child. Zach Murdock,, "Police issue Amber Alert for missing 1-year-old girl after discovering a woman dead at an Ansonia home," 4 Dec. 2019 Anyone with any information pertinent to this case is asked to call (800) 222-TIPS. Chris Harris,, "Hiker Finds Decapitated Body in Los Angeles' Griffith Park," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of pertinent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pertinent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre — see pertain

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13 Jan 2020

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“Pertinent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pertinent

formal : relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed


per·​ti·​nent | \ ˈpər-tə-nənt How to pronounce pertinent (audio) \

Kids Definition of pertinent

: relating to the subject that is being thought about or discussed : relevant a pertinent question

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