relevant

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

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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What will continue to make Bonnaroo relevant is this authenticity, organizers say. Bailey Pennick, Fortune, "How Bonnaroo’s Elevated Campground Experiences Are Taking the Festival Beyond the Lineup," 12 June 2019 To keep Esquire relevant amid upheaval in magazines and men’s fashion, Hearst Magazines on Monday tapped the publication’s digital director, Michael Sebastian, to be its next editor-in-chief. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Esquire Magazine Names Michael Sebastian Editor-in-Chief," 10 June 2019 What happens with Treasury notes is often a more relevant indicator of broader economic trends. CNN, "The bond market may be signaling something worse than a recession: Distrust in America," 4 June 2019 Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said last year that no evidence had turned up that the program played a role in what happened, with the gunman’s easy access to school grounds appearing far more relevant. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Who’ll be the prosecutor for the Parkland murder trial if Mike Satz won’t seek re-election?," 4 June 2019 At this point, the more relevant note is the irrelevancy of the radio in determining what people listen to. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Joe Bonamassa returns to Dr. Phillips Center," 11 July 2018 Sigmond devotes a great deal of time to some of the more obviously spectacularly relevant examples of watches with car and motorsports tie-ins, including those from Rolex and Heuer. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "See Petrol-Fueled Timepieces Inspired by Cars and Motorcycles," 27 June 2018 Mario has remained relevant for longer, sure, but inhabiting a hedgehog was often more joyful during the franchise’s peak than pretending to be a plumber. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "5 Reasons Why the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Will Be Better Than the Internet Thinks," 30 Apr. 2019 Gigabyte is aiming at the very highest end of the market with a power-hungry Core i9 and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside, so battery savings are particularly relevant to this machine. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Gigabyte's Aero 15 optimizes itself to save power and push performance," 9 Jan. 2019

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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

relevant

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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

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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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