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[rel-uh-vuh nt] /ˈrɛl ə vənt/
bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent:
a relevant remark.
Origin of relevant
1550-60; < Medieval Latin relevant- (stem of relevāns), special use of Latin, present participle of relevāre to raise, lift up. See relieve, -ant
Related forms
relevance, relevancy, noun
relevantly, adverb
nonrelevant, adjective
unrelevant, adjective
unrelevantly, adverb
applicable, germane, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting.
Synonym Study
See apt.
Pronunciation note
See irrelevant. Unabridged
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  • "It won't matter about my friendship, I am three years younger than Margery," she said awkwardly and not too relevantly.

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  • A few questions addressed to him were answered coherently and relevantly.

British Dictionary definitions for relevantly


having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent
(linguistics) another word for distinctive (sense 2)
Derived Forms
relevance, relevancy, noun
relevantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin relevans, from Latin relevāre to lighten, from re- + levāre to raise, relieve
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Word Origin and History for relevantly



"pertinent to the matter at hand," 1550s, from Middle French relevant "depending upon," originally "helpful," from Medieval Latin relevantem (nominative relevans), from stem of Latin relevare "to lessen, lighten" (see relieve). Not generally used until after 1800.

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