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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There are certain things that are not relevant to the confirmation. Fox News, "US ambassador to UK reacts to Trump's NATO comments," 12 July 2018 The film tackles the particularly sensitive (and unfortunately relevant) issue of police brutality towards unarmed Black men and women through the eyes of Starr Carter (Stenberg). Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Hate U Give Trailer Is The Most Intense Thing You'll Watch All Day," 25 June 2018 Wood said seven documents concerned Cohen’s family and were not relevant to the government’s investigation. Washington Post, "Judge Oks small number of privileged items in Cohen case," 22 June 2018 If the ax falls, the teacher behind the original lawsuit thinks unions will still be relevant, and that many of her peers would still want to participate in them. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Her lawsuit almost crippled California unions. This is how she thinks they can survive.," 20 June 2018 Hundreds, and maybe thousands, of things are relevant to suicide, but nothing predicts suicide much more accurately than random guessing. Joseph Franklin, Scientific American, "Suicide Prediction Remains Difficult Despite Decades of Research," 11 June 2018 Whether the former Massachusetts governor genuinely views the president any differently now is not clear — and not particularly relevant to his supporters. Matt Flegenheimer, BostonGlobe.com, "Mitt Romney heading back to Washington, but why is unknown," 10 June 2018 One big reason for this — aside from the obvious fact that nothing like an Amazon has ever come to Indianapolis before, so there are not relevant comparisons — can be found in a Zillow study that attempts to assess this impact. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Would a new Amazon headquarters raise Indianapolis' rent prices? Maybe not.," 25 May 2018 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

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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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