pertinent

adjective
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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The situation is most pertinent around privately negotiated contracts between banks and customers or other financial firms for managing market risks. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Brexit Disarray Sends a Shiver Through the Financial Sector," 14 Dec. 2018 Email pertinent information — including meeting location, start time, march routes and notable speakers — to ecampuzano@oregonian.com. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "These are the March for Our Lives events for Oregon and SW Washington," 20 Mar. 2018 So many melancholy tales have been told about the tortured lives of comedians that the pertinent question about a new story is not whether the entertainer is miserable but why. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Imagining the Unhappy Life of Stan Laurel," 1 June 2018 Now that the big rocket’s launch appears imminent, a pertinent question is who will use it. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget the Falcon Heavy’s payload and focus on where the rocket will go," 2 Feb. 2018 But Penn keeps the pertinent details, including a tidbit about how Joe Roberts once tried being a farmer before the wheat market collapsed. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special makes this a great weekend for The Indian Runner," 14 Dec. 2018 Paul Warner / Getty In a new blog post today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk attempted to clarify some very pertinent points about what taking the electric car company private would look like. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Elon Musk says Saudi Arabia is interested in funding his take-private transaction. But does that mean funding is actually ‘secured’?," 13 Aug. 2018 Ars could not confirm the ultimate sponsor of the op-ed, but there are some potentially pertinent facts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX targeted, Chinese rocket scientist goes viral, SLS slips?," 5 Oct. 2018 One rule that was particularly pertinent this year stipulated that bars must be open at the time of the ceremony to be considered—a feat that this year’s overall winner, Dandelyan, only just managed. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is Officially the Best Bar in the World," 4 Oct. 2018

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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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pertinent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pertinent

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

pertinent

adjective
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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