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pertinent

[pur-tn-uh nt] /ˈpɜr tn ənt/
adjective
1.
pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant:
pertinent details.
Origin of pertinent
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin pertinent- (stem of pertinēns), present participle of pertinēre to pertain; see -ent
Related forms
pertinence, pertinency, noun
pertinently, adverb
nonpertinence, noun
nonpertinency, noun
nonpertinent, adjective
nonpertinently, adverb
unpertinent, adjective
unpertinently, adverb
Synonyms
appropriate, fitting, fit, suitable, applicable.
Antonyms
irrelevant.
Synonym Study
See apt.
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  • He was quick at repartee, and his observations were gentle but pertinent.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • We quote for the sake of one line chiefly, but the whole stanza is pertinent.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • His reply was curt and pertinent: "It took long enough, young man!"

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Gertrude's earnestness was too real to be shaken by this pertinent inquiry.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Listen, on what a pertinent thought did I come this morning.

    Under the Country Sky Grace S. Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for pertinent

pertinent

/ˈpɜːtɪnənt/
adjective
1.
relating to the matter at hand; relevant
Derived Forms
pertinence, noun
pertinently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin pertinēns, from pertinēre to pertain
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Word Origin and History for pertinent
adj.

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.

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