bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.

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.

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relevant (ˈrɛlɪvənt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

"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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Example sentences
Then use your own filter to edit out what's either relevant to you or not
  relevant to you.
One hallmark of an exceptional work of art is its ability to remain relevant.
Would greatly appreciate any e-mails relevant to the current status of this
Both would be relevant to ideas about how birds evolved.
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