per·​ti·​nent | \ ˈpər-tə-nənt How to pronounce pertinent (audio) , ˈpərt-nənt \

Essential Meaning of pertinent

formal : relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed : relevant a pertinent question His comments weren't pertinent (to the discussion).

Full Definition of pertinent

: having a clear decisive relevance to the matter in hand

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Other Words from pertinent

pertinently 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 pertinent in a Sentence

At the dawn of the common-law court system, jurors took their places as residents of the neighborhood where the pertinent events had occurred, who were assumed to possess special knowledge of the facts and, more important, of every witness's credibility. — Hiller B. Zobel, American Heritage, July/August 1995 A more pertinent question than "What am I?" is "How can I be who I am and still hack it in America?" — C. Eric Lincoln, Lure and Loathing, 1993 But as my moment of fame ticks by, a more pertinent issue persists: What hath CNN wrought in the worlds of communications, of diplomacy, of politics? — Peter Arnett, Washington Post, 25-31 Mar. 1991 No recurrent symbolism in the Odyssey is more pertinent than the long and deliberate stripping its hero undergoes: of his ships, of his men, of his hopes, of his clothes, even of his very skin on the cliffs of Corfu. — John Fowles, Island, 1978 he impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney's questions
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Recent Examples on the Web Video content is a part of how the new generations of today communicate, express themselves and share pertinent information. Brooklyn White, Essence, 13 Oct. 2021 On an iPhone: Go to Settings, Emergency SOS, and toggle Auto call on, then tap Edit and enter the pertinent information. Simon Hill, Wired, 3 Oct. 2021 Anyone who may have information pertinent to this case, or who may have been a victim, is urged to contact D.A. Investigator Tom Rogers via email at Chris Harris,, 11 Aug. 2021 Participate by commenting on others' posts, posting your own stories, or writing an article pertinent to your industry, knowledge, or experience. Charles G. Thompson, Wired, 18 Sep. 2021 By using tools like employee safety applications with easy access to a content library, employees can have immediate access to important safety protocols, notifications and other information pertinent to their safety. Edward Segal, Forbes, 10 June 2021 According to the joint statement, powers pertinent to public health will remain active. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, 3 Mar. 2021 Teachers are deficient in knowledge pertinent to history, literature, fine arts, mathematics and the natural sciences. Gary Marvin Davison, Star Tribune, 17 Feb. 2021 Concurrently, Eye on Ohio and Energy News Network report that consumer advocates are crying foul as FirstEnergy slow walks the release of information pertinent to related litigation. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pertinent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pertinent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertinent-, pertinens, present participle of pertinēre — see pertain

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“Pertinent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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per·​ti·​nent | \ ˈpər-tə-nənt How to pronounce pertinent (audio) \

Kids Definition of pertinent

: relating to the subject that is being thought about or discussed : relevant a pertinent question

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