relevance

noun
rel·​e·​vance | \ ˈre-lə-vən(t)s How to pronounce relevance (audio) \

Definition of relevance

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

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 on the Web What customers needed yesterday might not be important tomorrow, and long-lasting relevance is the true testament to internalizing the philosophy of digital transformation. Jonathan Cardella, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The relevance of psychology to negotiation is especially important. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 The relevance of the difference in demographics is the social determinants of health and therefore the different level of preterm birth risk each group may be subject to. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 The new relevance of the Quad summit is a rare mark of continuity between the Trump administration and a Biden White House that reversed much of its predecessor's foreign policy. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 These bare-knuckle tactics, long commonplace in the world of politics, have become increasingly noticeable within a tech industry where companies vie for cultural relevance and come at a time when Facebook is under pressure to win back young users. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 These bare-knuckle tactics, long commonplace in the world of politics, have become increasingly noticeable within a tech industry where companies vie for cultural relevance and come at a time when Facebook is under pressure to win back young users. Taylor Lorenz And Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2022 Some opinions in and out of Guinea-Bissau have been that the drug trade has thrived with tacit support of members of the military who exploit it for political relevance. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 2 Feb. 2022 The three branches often compete with one another for influence, with the Parliament struggling for relevance and usually coming out the weakest. Monika Pronczuk, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relevance

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Relevance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relevance. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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relevance

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

Kids Definition of relevance

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

relevance

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

Legal Definition of relevance

: 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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