- pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant: pertinent details.
Origin of pertinent
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Examples from the Web for pertinence
This remark has no pertinence or meaning in Rosaline's mouth.The Man Shakespeare
Such directions have no pertinence, if addressed to human chattels.The Slavery Question
But there was pertinence in the young woman's question; where was he going, indeed?Idolatry
So soon as such proposals had become law, it was asked with some pertinence: where were these huge wheels to come from?Carriages & Coaches
Although he mentions a publisher's catalogue (which he has not seen), he seems doubtful about its pertinence to the task.A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies
- relating to the matter at hand; relevant
Word Origin and History for pertinence
late 14c., from Anglo-French purtinaunt (late 13c.), Old French partenant (mid-13c.) and directly from Latin pertinentem (nominative pertinens) "pertaining," present participle of pertinere "to relate, concern" (see pertain). Related: Pertinently.