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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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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At the request of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mr. Nevins voluntarily shared all information relevant to their inquiry. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Notable Florida tentacles in latest Mueller indictments over Russian hacking of Democrats," 13 July 2018 Whether Ranson, Miller or even Stone or De Sousa engaged in types of conduct that the Justice Department regards as criminal, each is believed to have information relevant to prosecutors. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why Maryland Receiving FBI Subpoenas Should Worry Other College Programs, Basketball Players," 7 July 2018 Information relevant to the flight at any particular time is presented on touchscreens in the cockpit and as images projected within the pilot’s helmet. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 They are also directed by apps released for iPhone and Android devices, and a website with all relevant Jewish tourist information, set up to orient visitors. Dovid Margolin, Jewish Journal, "They came for the World Cup and stayed for Shabbat," 28 June 2018 The system weighs players’ statistics and their performance in game videos but also takes into account academic grades, recommendations, and other relevant information, says Usman Shuja, the SparkCognition manager who led the project. NBC News, "How AI is helping sports teams scout star players," 13 June 2018 Karisch asked that anyone with information relevant to the shooting should contact the local FBI office or its online tip site. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Border Patrol agent shot near Arivaca in 'good spirits'; little known about shooter," 13 June 2018 Add any of these to your trip to view relevant information like hours of operation, directions, and reviews. Janna Irons, Outside Online, "The Best (Free) Road Trip Apps," 6 June 2018 Every social network's trending section is theoretically designed to surface newsworthy, relevant information for users. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Is Killing Trending Topics," 1 June 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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adjective
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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