closely or significantly related; relevant; pertinent: Please keep your statements germane to the issue.
Obsolete. closely related.

variant of german

germanely, adverb
germaneness, noun
nongermane, adjective
ungermane, adjective

1. related, applicable, apposite, appropriate, fitting, apt, suited. Unabridged
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germane (dʒɜːˈmeɪn)
adj (usually foll by to)
related (to the topic being considered); akin; relevant: an idea germane to the conversation
[variant of german²]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "having the same parents," derived from german (1); cf. human/humane, urban/urbane. Main modern sense of "closely connected, relevant" (c.1600) derives from use in "Hamlet" Act V, Scene ii: "The phrase would bee more Germaine to the matter: If we could carry Cannon
by our sides," which is a fig. use of the word in the now-obsolete sense of "closely related, akin" (late 15c.) in reference to things, not persons.
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Example sentences
So an amendment to an amendment must be germane to the latter.
Extras, extras: The pricier edition adds a few germane featurettes.
In fact, the only tax-related subject that's germane to deficit reduction is
  increases in total tax revenue.
Nor is it germane to the field in which you have expressed an interest.
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