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 An emergency declaration would allow each state to receive federal assistance and get reimbursed for pertinent costs. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "FEMA denies Maryland and Virginia requests for emergency declarations," 19 Jan. 2021 If the key question were whether the president incited the crowd, this fact would be highly pertinent. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Trump Impeachment Is Deeply Flawed, but He Deserves Conviction," 17 Jan. 2021 The force has also suffered a spate of recent, internal scandals that may prove pertinent as Congress conducts its investigation. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years," 14 Jan. 2021 The force has also suffered a spate of recent, internal scandals that may prove pertinent as Congress conducts its investigation. Joshua Kaplan And Joaquin Sapien,, "‘No one took us seriously’: Black cops warned about racist Capitol Police officers for years," 14 Jan. 2021 But as the dust settles in that backfield over the coming weeks, the more pertinent concern may be how USC plans to fix a rushing attack that was either ineffective or ignored through much of 2020. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC running back Markese Stepp enters transfer portal," 28 Dec. 2020 Works in this style use scale, drama, allegory and figuration to engage emphatically and directly with a wide audience — usually on themes pertinent to national identity, grievance or ambition. Washington Post, "America needs an epic narrative right now. Painters are working on it.," 28 Nov. 2020 Please find pertinent registration information and other details below, including COVID-19 arrival and testing protocols. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Trump invites Pennsylvania Senate Republicans to White House lunch," 23 Dec. 2020 Some researchers and weed experts say that laboratory conditions differ radically from the field, making the results less pertinent. Natasha Gilbert, Wired, "Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

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“Pertinent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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