Thesaurus

pertinent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of pertinent

  1. having to do with the matter at hand he impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney's questions Synonyms of pertinent applicable, apposite, apropos, germane, material, pointed, relative, relevant Words Related to pertinent appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowable Phrases to the point Near Antonyms of pertinent frivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissible Antonyms of pertinent extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless

Synonym Discussion of pertinent

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pertinent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of very fine texture or delicate form

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!