relevance

noun
rel·​e·​vance | \ ˈre-lə-vən(t)s \

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

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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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The long road back to tennis relevance had an abrupt off-ramp Saturday as Serena Williams suffered a rare Wimbledon defeat. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Humble Kerber Ends Serena's Comeback Trail In Wimbledon Final," 14 July 2018 Netflix’s reliance on documentaries to beef up its library of original content may have helped spur the genre to new relevance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What’s Driving Documentaries to Box-Office Success?," 11 July 2018 The Clippers, who could be close to finalizing their roster after agreeing to re-sign guard Avery Bradley on Tuesday, could be the Lakers of next summer, a team with loads of cash that could return to relevance during the 2019-20 season. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Clippers' rebuilt roster could open salary-cap space of almost $70 million next summer," 4 July 2018 Getting more from the young guys — and keeping Griffin and Jackson on the court — is the only path back to relevance. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Tom Gores, no show or not, must nail Dwane Casey pick," 21 June 2018 The document also could have new relevance in the aftermath of a Justice Department inspector general report that criticized Comey for departing from established protocol in the Clinton investigation. CBS News, "Report: Trump's lawyers blast Comey as "Machiavellian" in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The document also could have new relevance in the aftermath of a Justice Department inspector general report that criticized Comey for departing from established protocol in the Clinton investigation. Eric Tucker, Fox News, "Trump lawyers assailed Comey as 'Machiavellian' in 2017 memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 That advice prompted me to rethink what those things are—and that has so much relevance to inspiring greatness. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Empowering advice from today’s top women leaders at the 2018 KPMG Women's Leadership Summit," 2 July 2018 These genes could have relevance for a conservation strategy as well, Johnson said. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of relevance

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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relevance

noun
rel·​e·​vance | \ ˈre-lə-vəns \

Kids Definition of relevance

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

relevance

noun
rel·​e·​vance | \ ˈre-lə-vəns \

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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