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[pur-tn-uh nt] /ˈpɜr tn ənt/
pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevant:
pertinent details.
Origin of pertinent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin pertinent- (stem of pertinēns), present participle of pertinēre to pertain; see -ent
Related forms
pertinence, pertinency, noun
pertinently, adverb
nonpertinence, noun
nonpertinency, noun
nonpertinent, adjective
nonpertinently, adverb
unpertinent, adjective
unpertinently, adverb
appropriate, fitting, fit, suitable, applicable. See apt.
irrelevant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pertinence
  • Fundamental symmetries through rigorous mathematics arrived with an elegant model possessing no physical pertinence.
  • It also loses its pertinence in a case where the umpire has already suffered serious injury from side-effects of the fight.
  • On the level of a dogged adventure picture, curiously lacking historical pertinence or even footnotes, it has its points.
  • For all the historical pertinence of the initial sequences, the first portion is familiar and overly detailed.
  • One in particular seemed to have special pertinence.
  • It is only the process of promulgating its pertinence to all mankind that has been long and costly.
  • The recency, severity and pertinence of the conviction to the job will be considered.
British Dictionary definitions for pertinence


relating to the matter at hand; relevant
Derived Forms
pertinence, noun
pertinently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin pertinēns, from pertinēre to pertain
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Word Origin and History for pertinence

1650s, from French pertenance or formed in English from pertinent + -ence.



late 14c., from Anglo-French purtinaunt (late 13c.), Old French partenant (mid-13c.) and directly from Latin pertinentem (nominative pertinens) "pertaining," present participle of pertinere "to relate, concern" (see pertain). Related: Pertinently.

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