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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Recent Examples on the Web For some of the technologies the tech transfer [to a manufacturer] may be something that could be done in a time frame that was pertinent to the epidemic, potentially. Helen Branswell, STAT, "In effort to develop coronavirus vaccine, outbreak expert sees ‘hardest problem’ of his career," 6 Feb. 2020 The motion claims a host of pertinent issues were not addressed by the state administrative law judges during the hearing process. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Quarry opponents seek rehearing," 20 Dec. 2019 Lian is determined and passionate about empowering Arab women to achieve economic independence, raising awareness to issues pertinent to minorities, and acting as an advocate for those with invisible illnesses and different abilities. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 In other words, just how closely tied Sony's darker superhero films will be to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never been a more pertinent question. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "With ‘Joker’ Laughing It Up at the Oscars, Sony Teases Jared Leto’s Next Move as Vampire ‘Morbius’," 13 Jan. 2020 The pertinent question concerns the terms of the implicit contract between audience and commentator. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 Ryan Seacrest will be on the carpet starting at 6 p.m. E.T./3 p.m. PT alongside Giuliana Rancic asking her usual pertinent questions. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "How to watch the Golden Globes on TV and online," 19 Dec. 2019 But given the Gophers’ undefeated first half of this season (6-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten), more pertinent contract question arise: How many additional years could Fleck receive? Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck on track for a new contract," 16 Oct. 2019 Given these three ways to interpret bitcoins, the pertinent question is: what exactly should India’s regulators be regulating? Anirudh Rastogi, Quartz India, "India must look beyond the narrow definition of bitcoin as a cryptocurrency," 3 Oct. 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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The first known use of pertinent was in the 14th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Pertinent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pertinent?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=pertin05. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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pertinent

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How to pronounce pertinent (audio)

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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