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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