[rel-uh-vuh ns]


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

Nearby words

  1. relegate,
  2. relegation,
  3. relent,
  4. relentless,
  5. relenza,
  6. relevant,
  7. releve,
  8. relevé,
  9. relexify,
  10. reliability

Often rel·e·van·cy.




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



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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Word Origin and History for relevancy
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