[ pur-tn-uhnt ]
See synonyms for: pertinentpertinencepertinencypertinently on

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

Origin of pertinent

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin pertinent- (stem of pertinēns ), present participle of pertinēre “to be applicable, pertain”; see pertain, -ent

synonym study For pertinent

See apt.

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Other words from pertinent

  • per·ti·nence [pur-tn-uhns], /ˈpɜr tn əns/, per·ti·nen·cy [pur-tn-uhn-see], /ˈpɜr tn ən si/, noun
  • per·ti·nent·ly, adverb
  • non·per·ti·nent, adjective
  • non·per·ti·nent·ly, adverb
  • un·per·ti·nent, adjective
  • un·per·ti·nent·ly, adverb

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How to use pertinent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pertinent


/ (ˈpɜːtɪnənt) /

  1. relating to the matter at hand; relevant

Origin of pertinent

C14: from Latin pertinēns, from pertinēre to pertain

Derived forms of pertinent

  • pertinence, noun
  • pertinently, adverb

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