[ rel-uh-vuh ns ]
/ ˈrɛl ə vəns /


the condition of being relevant, or connected with the matter at hand: Some traditional institutions of the media lack relevance in this digital age.
Often rel·e·van·cy.

Definition for relevancy (2 of 2)


[ rel-uh-vuhnt ]
/ ˈrɛl ə vənt /


bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.

Origin of relevant

1550–60; < Medieval Latin relevant- (stem of relevāns), special use of Latin, present participle of relevāre to raise, lift up. See relieve, -ant
Related forms

Synonym study

See apt.

Pronunciation note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for relevancy


/ (ˈrɛlɪvənt) /


having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent
linguistics another word for distinctive (def. 2)

Derived Formsrelevance or relevancy, nounrelevantly, adverb

Word Origin for relevant

C16: from Medieval Latin relevans, from Latin relevāre to lighten, from re- + levāre to raise, relieve
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