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germane

[jer-meyn]
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adjective
  1. closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent: Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
  2. Obsolete. closely related.
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Origin of germane

variant of german
Related formsger·mane·ly, adverbger·mane·ness, nounnon·ger·mane, adjectiveun·ger·mane, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for non-germane

germane

adjective
  1. (postpositive usually foll by to) related (to the topic being considered); akin; relevantan idea germane to the conversation
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Derived Formsgermanely, adverbgermaneness, noun

Word Origin

variant of german ²
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Word Origin and History for non-germane

germane

adj.

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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