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  1. bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.
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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 formsrel·e·vance, rel·e·van·cy, nounrel·e·vant·ly, adverbnon·rel·e·vant, adjectiveun·rel·e·vant, adjectiveun·rel·e·vant·ly, adverb

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Related Words for relevantly

justly, duly, accordingly, properly, judiciously, aptly, plumb, fittingly, fitly, perfectly, precisely, flawlessly, opportunely, relevantly

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Contemporary Examples of relevantly

Historical Examples of relevantly

  • "It won't matter about my friendship, I am three years younger than Margery," she said awkwardly and not too relevantly.

    Six Girls and the Tea Room

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • A few questions addressed to him were answered coherently and relevantly.

British Dictionary definitions for relevantly


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



"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.

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