[ pur-tn-uhnt ]
/ ˈpɜr tn ənt /


pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant: pertinent details.

Nearby words

  1. perthitic,
  2. perthshire,
  3. pertinacious,
  4. pertinacity,
  5. pertinence,
  6. pertly,
  7. perturb,
  8. perturbate,
  9. perturbation,
  10. perturbation theory

Origin of pertinent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pertinent- (stem of pertinēns), present participle of pertinēre to pertain; see -ent

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Synonym study

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pertinent


/ (ˈpɜːtɪnənt) /


relating to the matter at hand; relevant
Derived Formspertinence, nounpertinently, adverb

Word Origin for pertinent

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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