relevant

adjective
rel·​e·​vant | \ˈre-lə-vənt \

Definition of relevant 

1a : having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand

b : affording evidence tending to prove or disprove the matter at issue or under discussion relevant testimony

c : having social relevance

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relevantly adverb

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relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection. found material relevant to her case germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion. a point not germane to the discussion material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case. facts material to the investigation pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance. a pertinent observation apposite suggests a felicitous relevance. add an apposite quotation to the definition applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case. the rule is not applicable in this case apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune. the quip was apropos

Examples of relevant in a Sentence

… the sport [men's tennis] is so invisible to the American fan that it's in danger of becoming as relevant as—gasp—soccer — Mike Freeman, NewYork Times, 1 Sept. 2002 Mendelian genetics is no more relevant to understanding heredity in the real world than Euclidean geometry is to understanding the shape of an oak tree. — Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999 But it is much less relevant when the question becomes, as it should, "What, then, must we do with and for the one third or so of black America that seems to be permanently alienated from the structures of opportunity in this society?" — Glenn C. Loury, Atlantic, November 1997 The smallest distance that is relevant to measurement today is something like 10-17 centimeters, which is how far a thing called the Z0 (see zero) can travel before it departs our world. — Leon Lederman et al., The God Particle, 1993 The ideas and observations expressed in the book are still relevant today. make sure your comments during the interview are short and relevant
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Swisher said the incident makes the internet bill of rights drafted by Democrats in Congress even more relevant. Eric Johnson, Recode, "When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately?," 13 Oct. 2018 The laundry list of new tools underscores Microsoft’s drive to make its Office apps relevant to every piece of daily work as all types of workers spend more time using computers. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Ignite conference: Smart search, LinkedIn profile info coming to Microsoft Office apps," 24 Sep. 2018 The announcement today of Nvidia's new GPUs with integrated acceleration of raytracing makes Microsoft's plans for DirectX even more relevant. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Raytracing explained: Nvidia, Microsoft lead the way in revolutionizing gaming graphics," 20 Aug. 2018 That depth should be particularly relevant in the matchup since Kentucky is the third of three SEC teams on Middle Tennessee State’s 2018 schedule. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Middle Tennessee State," 12 July 2018 And now there’s a guy in Los Angeles who will make the Lakers relevant again, to say nothing about having a grudge against Golden State. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "No, the Warriors and their 'super team' are not going to ruin the NBA," 3 July 2018 Those explosive findings make the issue particularly relevant to Lush’s presumably mostly female clientele. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Lush Has a Surprising History of Getting Political. But Its Latest Ad Campaign About Police Corruption Is Just Wild," 3 June 2018 There’s this delicate tradeoff that brands navigate between being distinctive and unique, and being broadly relevant and appealing. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "It costs a lot for a huge company like Dunkin’ Donuts to change its name. So what’s the payoff?," 25 Oct. 2018 Though it's been over 14 years since Gretchen Wieners tried to make fetch happen, the quotes from Mean Girls still remain relevant and hilarious to this day. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Can You Remember Who Said These Iconic "Mean Girls" Quotes?," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of relevant

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for relevant

Medieval Latin relevant-, relevans, from Latin, present participle of relevare to raise up — more at relieve

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English Language Learners Definition of relevant

: relating to a subject in an appropriate way

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rel·​e·​vant | \ˈre-lə-vənt \

Kids Definition of relevant

: having something to do with the matter at hand a relevant question

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rel·​e·​vant | \ˈre-lə-vənt \

Legal Definition of relevant 

1 : tending logically to prove or disprove a fact of consequence or to make the fact more or less probable and thereby aiding the trier of fact in making a decision determined that the evidence was relevant also : having a bearing on or reasonably calculated to lead to a matter that bears on any issue in a case for purposes of pretrial discovery — see also relevant evidence at evidence

2 : having significant and demonstrable bearing on facts or issues was not a relevant case

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