relevance

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noun rel·e·vance \ˈre-lə-vən(t)s\

Definition of relevance

  1. 1a :  relation to the matter at handb :  practical and especially social applicability :  pertinence giving relevance to college courses

  2. 2 :  the ability (as of an information retrieval system) to retrieve material that satisfies the needs of the user

Examples of relevance in a Sentence

  1. I appreciate that you did the dishes tonight, but that has no relevance to my enforcement of the punishment you got earlier this week.

Recent Examples of relevance from the Web

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First Known Use of relevance

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RELEVANCE Defined for Kids

relevance

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noun rel·e·vance \ˈre-lə-vəns\

Definition of relevance for Students

  1. :  relation to the matter at hand Your comments lack relevance.


Law Dictionary

relevance

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noun rel·e·vance \ˈre-lə-vəns\

Legal Definition of relevance

  1. :  the quality or state of being relevant :  relation to the matter at hand ruled on the relevance of the testimony relevance in discovery has been broadly interpreted



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