[ pur-tn-uhns ]
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  1. the fact or quality of being directly and significantly related to the matter at hand; relevance: The sheer quantity of health information on the Internet makes it challenging for users to judge the pertinence, credibility, and applicability of what is retrieved.

Origin of pertinence

First recorded in 1350–1400, for an earlier sense; pertin(ent) + -ence
  • Sometimes per·ti·nen·cy [pur-tn-uhn-see] /ˈpɜr tn ən si/ .

Other words from pertinence

  • non·per·ti·nence, noun
  • non·per·ti·nen·cy, noun

Words Nearby pertinence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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