- the condition of being relevant, or connected with the matter at hand: Some traditional institutions of the media lack relevance in this digital age.
- bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.
Origin of relevant
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Related Wordscorrespondence, bearing, congruence, pertinence, importance, accordance, materiality, application, applicability, significance, aptness, relatedness, relativity, concernment
Examples from the Web for relevancy
To regain their relevancy, Democrats need to go back to their evolutionary roots.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
“We think there should be a nexus between the actual work people are doing and the relevancy of drug abuse,” he says.Are We Addicted to Drug Testing?
May 27, 2014
The NSA drama has reeled in a host of global grandstanders desperate for relevancy.Edward Snowden’s Parasites: Evo Morales, Julian Assange & More
July 5, 2013
Mr. Garth appeared to be puzzled to catch the relevancy of the remark.The Shadow of a Crime
This reflection suggested some meaning—some relevancy—in the death's-head.The Short-story
William Patterson Atkinson
That is nonsense, because it has no relevancy to the question.The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation
The true explanation is to be found in the principle of relevancy.
All this has relevancy in describing an old-time mate and his work.Old Times on the Upper Mississippi
George Byron Merrick
- having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent
- linguistics another word for distinctive (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for relevancy
"pertinent to the matter at hand," 1550s, from Middle French relevant "depending upon," originally "helpful," from Medieval Latin relevantem (nominative relevans), from stem of Latin relevare "to lessen, lighten" (see relieve). Not generally used until after 1800.