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Meaning of relevant by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French relevant ( “assisting” ), from Latin relevāns, present active participle of relevō ( “lift up again, lighten, relieve” ), from re- ( “again” ) + levō ( “lift” ) .


    relevant ( comparative more relevant, superlative most relevant )

    1. Directly related, connected, or pertinent to a topic .
      His mother provided some relevant background information concerning his medical condition .
    2. Not out of date; current.



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    • relevant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • relevant in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of relevant by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

    2. the scientist corresponds with colleagues in order to learn about matters relevant to her own research

    Definition of relevant by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Relevant ( -vant ), a. [F. relevant, p. pr. of relever to raise again, to relieve. See Relieve.]
      1. Relieving; lending aid or support. [R.] Pownall.

      2. Bearing upon, or properly applying to, the case in hand; pertinent; applicable.

      Close and relevant arguments have very little hold on the passions. Sydney Smith.

      3. ( Scots Law ) Sufficient to support the cause.