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Friday, August 03, 2001

Definitions for germane

  1. Appropriate or fitting; relevant.

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Citations for germane
The issue is not germane to the present discussion. Richard Wollheim, On the Emotions
As long as the argument remains germane, he listens attentively, putting on and removing heavy tortoise-shell glasses and leaning across the bench. Philip Hamburger, Matters of State
Origin of germane
Germane comes from Middle English germain, literally, "having the same parents," ultimately deriving from Latin germanus, from germen, "a bud, a shoot."