[ pur-tn-uhnt ]
/ 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

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See apt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-pertinent


/ (ˈpɜːtɪnənt) /


relating to the matter at hand; relevant

Derived Forms

pertinence, nounpertinently, adverb

Word Origin for pertinent

C14: from Latin pertinēns, from pertinēre to pertain
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