[ rel-uh-vuhns ]
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  1. the condition of being relevant, or connected with the matter at hand: Some traditional institutions of the media lack relevance in this digital age.

Origin of relevance

First recorded in 1620–30, for an earlier sense; relev(ant) + -ance
  • Often rel·e·van·cy . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use relevance in a sentence

  • Without explaining the relevancy of her question, she turned and walked rapidly toward the village.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
  • Exclamations of horror greeted this gruesome tale, the relevancy of which no one had as yet perceived.

    "Unto Caesar" | Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • I pass over the incidents of the rest of my sojourn at St. Julian, as having no relevancy to the object of this work.

    Wanderings in Patagonia | Julius Beerbohm
  • For accuracy depends fundamentally upon relevancy to the determination of what is to be done.

  • One after another of our party upon inspection failed to understand the significance or relevancy of the cabalistic design.

    The Awakening of the Desert | Julius C. Birge