relevant

adjective
rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

Essential Meaning of relevant

: relating to a subject in an appropriate way a relevant [=pertinent] question The ideas and observations expressed in the book are still relevant today.

Full 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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Other Words from relevant

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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Recent Examples on the Web What messaging and offerings are most relevant to them? Gideon Thomas, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards argued that such testimony is relevant to whether Rittenhouse was acting recklessly by being on the streets of Kenosha with a weapon that night. Todd Richmond, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2021 The defense, meanwhile, argued that such testimony is relevant to whether Rittenhouse was acting recklessly by being on the streets of Kenosha with a weapon that night. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2021 Only create videos using content and people that are relevant to the brand’s ethos. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2021 The Senate Finance Committee does not routinely deal with immigration enforcement, but its work is relevant to CBP’s role facilitating legal trade and travel across U.S. borders. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 Those designations provide the owner and operator of the MSC DANIT the opportunity to be represented by counsel, to examine and cross-examine witnesses, and to call witnesses who are relevant to the investigation. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Seems like the off-ice stories will be more relevant to the Coyotes again this season than wins and points. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 The question of who was in charge at Theranos is relevant to the defense. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021

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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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The first known use of relevant was circa 1540

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relevant

adjective
rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

Kids Definition of relevant

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

relevant

adjective
rel·​e·​vant | \ ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce relevant (audio) \

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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