rel·​e·​van·​cy | \ ˈre-lə-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce relevancy (audio) \
plural relevancies

Definition of relevancy

: relevance also : something relevant

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Examples of relevancy in a Sentence

this new information has no relevancy to the case
Recent Examples on the Web Inside and outside the chamber, the president's allies spent more time questioning the relevancy of the book's content than disputing its accuracy. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP senators seek to acquit Trump without condoning conduct," 31 Jan. 2020 The tease of three straight home wins to bring the team to the brink of relevancy. Ann Killion,, "A fitting frustrating end: The Oakland Raiders are no more," 29 Dec. 2019 But Lalas believes that changes need to be made for MLS to take that next step into relevancy. Graham Hill, CNN, "Alexi Lalas praises "cruel, but not unfair" MLS Playoffs," 23 Nov. 2019 Or the relevancy to fashion’s current fascination with the ’90s in the pops of neon splashed on a slinky slip dress, or the orange and blue swirled pattern festooned on a skin-tight top and leggings. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Meet Chicago native Maisie Schloss, the first designer in Kanye West’s incubator program," 14 Aug. 2019 As the Ohio news landscape changes, Harmon believes the key to building audience in local news is relevancy. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "New Advance Midwest Regional President Brad Harmon believes relevancy is key to local journalism," 2 Dec. 2019 Ohio State did not need Young on the field to throttle Maryland and Rutgers — two struggling programs on the distant fringes of Big Ten relevancy. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "In Chase Young’s emotional return, Ohio State’s star defensive end reminds why he is crucial to Buckeyes," 24 Nov. 2019 Unlike Tillerson, who was brusquely fired, Pompeo is close to Trump, and initially restored a sense of relevancy to the department., "And they are opening their wallets to help raise money — including nearly $10,000 last Monday alone — to offset the legal bills of department officials called to testify before Congress.," 10 Nov. 2019 The 6-6 Illini, who have not been bowl eligible since 2014, have struggled to regain college football relevancy. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: The death of Juice Wrld, our review of Chicago’s new NEMA skyscraper and why police are reexamining a questionable crash," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of relevancy

1561, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Relevancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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rel·​e·​van·​cy | \ ˈre-lə-vən-sē How to pronounce relevancy (audio) \
plural relevancies

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