verb (used without object)
to have reference or relation; relate: documents pertaining to the lawsuit.
to belong or be connected as a part, adjunct, possession, or attribute.
to belong properly or fittingly; be appropriate.

1300–50; Middle English pertenen, partenen, perteinen < Middle French partein-, tonic stem of partenir < Latin pertinēre to be applicable, literally, to hold through, reach, equivalent to per- per- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold

unpertaining, adjective Unabridged
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pertain (pəˈteɪn)
vb (often foll by to)
1.  to have reference, relation, or relevance: issues pertaining to women
2.  to be appropriate: the product pertains to real user needs
3.  to belong (to) or be a part (of); be an adjunct, attribute, or accessory (of)
[C14: from Latin pertinēre, from per- (intensive) + tenēre to hold]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. partenir "to belong," from L. pertinere "to reach, stretch, relate, have reference to," from per- "through" + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Pertaining.
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Example sentences
And this kind of operation pertains to the first kind of action.
Reliability pertains to the results being reliably reproducible.
The second significant point pertains to the amount of information that can be gleaned from an experiment.
But the more meaningful distinction pertains to purpose.
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