1. Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.
2. Meaningful or purposeful in current society or culture: thought that the traditional male role of breadwinner was no longer relevant.
[Medieval Latin relevāns, relevant-, from Latin, present participle of relevāre, to relieve, raise up; see RELIEVE.]
rele·vance (-vəns) n.
Synonyms: relevant, apropos, germane, material, pertinent
These adjectives describe what relates to and has a direct bearing on the matter at hand: researched websites relevant to her course of study; an apropos response that concisely answered my question; comments that were germane to the topic of discussion; reiterated the material facts of the lawsuit; assigned pertinent articles for the class to read.
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