- closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent: Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
- Obsolete. closely related.
Origin of germane
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Examples from the Web for germane
We shall borrow some hints from it, germane to our present theme.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
Some were germane to the matter in hand and some seemed to strike wide of all mark.That Affair Next Door
Anna Katharine Green
To do so would be to treat the creatures by a law not germane to their nature.
But the address is consecutive and germane to the occasion throughout.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
And you will—you won't say things—I mean things not germane to the subject?The Adventures of a Modest Man
Robert W. Chambers
- (postpositive usually foll by to) related (to the topic being considered); akin; relevantan idea germane to the conversation
Word Origin and History for germane
mid-14c., "having the same parents," derived from german (adj.); cf. human/humane, urban/urbane. Main modern sense of "closely connected, relevant" (c.1600) derives from use in "Hamlet" Act V, Scene ii: "The phrase would bee more Germaine to the matter: If we could carry Cannon by our sides," which is a figurative use of the word in the now-obsolete sense of "closely related, akin" (late 15c.) in reference to things, not persons.