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[jer-meyn] /dʒərˈmeɪn/
closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent:
Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
Obsolete. closely related.
Origin of germane
variant of german
Related forms
germanely, adverb
germaneness, noun
nongermane, adjective
ungermane, adjective
1. related, applicable, apposite, appropriate, fitting, apt, suited. Unabridged
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(postpositive) usually foll by to. related (to the topic being considered); akin; relevant: an idea germane to the conversation
Derived Forms
germanely, adverb
germaneness, noun
Word Origin
variant of german²
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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.

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