rel·​e·​vance ˈre-lə-vən(t)s How to pronounce relevance (audio)
: relation to the matter at hand
: practical and especially social applicability : pertinence
giving relevance to college courses
: the ability (as of an information retrieval system) to retrieve material that satisfies the needs of the user

Examples of relevance in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of relevance was in 1787

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Cite this Entry

“Relevance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


rel·​e·​vance ˈrel-ə-vən(t)s How to pronounce relevance (audio)
: relation to the matter at hand : pertinence

Legal Definition


rel·​e·​vance ˈre-lə-vəns How to pronounce relevance (audio)
: 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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