[ 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

synonym study for relevant

See apt.

pronunciation note for relevant

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British Dictionary definitions for relevant

/ (ˈrɛlɪvənt) /


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

Derived forms of relevant

relevance 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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