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[pur-tn-uh nt] /ˈpɜr tn ənt/
pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant:
pertinent details.
Origin of pertinent
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
appropriate, fitting, fit, suitable, applicable.
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See apt. Unabridged
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  • But his remarks in a much later letter to a friend on childish reading are so pertinent that I introduce them here.

  • There is but one pertinent comment to be made upon this opinion.

  • Imagine an interlude here for fireworks, followed by pertinent questions.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • But it cannot be pertinent here, for it has no important border, say you.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • Book-plates having been briefly referred to above, a few words as to their styles and uses may here be pertinent.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
British Dictionary definitions for pertinent


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

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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