relevance

[rel-uh-vuhns]
noun
the condition of being relevant, or connected with the matter at hand: Some traditional institutions of the media lack relevance in this digital age.
Also, relevancy.
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relevant

[rel-uh-vuhnt]
adjective
bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.

Origin:
1550–60; < Medieval Latin relevant- (stem of relevāns), special use of Latin, present participle of relevāre to raise, lift up. See relieve, -ant

relevance, relevancy, noun
relevantly, adverb
nonrelevant, adjective
unrelevant, adjective
unrelevantly, adverb


applicable, germane, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting. See apt.


See irrelevant.
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relevant (ˈrɛlɪvənt)
 
adj
1.  having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent
2.  linguistics another word for distinctive
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin relevans, from Latin relevāre to lighten, from re- + levāre to raise, relieve]
 
'relevance
 
n
 
'relevancy
 
n
 
'relevantly
 
adv

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relevant
"pertinent to the matter at hand," 1560, from M.L. relevantem (1481), prp. of L. relevare "to lessen, lighten" (see relieve). Originally a Scottish legal term meaning "take up, take possession of property;" not generally used until after 1800. Relevance is from 1733 (relevancy
in the same sense is recorded from 1561).
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