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
Anyone with pertinent information is asked to call Seventh District detectives at 504-658-6070 or submit an anonymous tip by calling Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
A presidential tweet yesterday afternoon helps us answer a pertinent question: How does Trump justify supporting GOP health plans that violate his pledge during the campaign to oppose cuts in Medicaid spending?
Hedi, my friend and co-editor, sent me an article this morning that was so pertinent, about writing while female.
This measure is pertinent considering the recent terror attacks in London.
Hetu said Amazon could make pertinent offers to attract shoppers of one but not the other, or get shoppers of both to buy more.
Our compliance staff strives to make sure our student-athletes are informed about all pertinent NCAA bylaws ...
While common, this piece of advice was exceptionally pertinent and meaningful to me.
Q: What are the Heat looking for in the 50 or so workouts of draft eligible players? 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.
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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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