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- n. The quality of being pertinent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being pertinent; justness of relation to the subject or matter in hand; fitness; appositeness; relevancy; suitableness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being pertinent or to the point; strict relevancy or suitableness; appositeness.
- n. Relevant or apposite utterance.
- n. Synonyms Relevancy, appropriateness, applicability propriety.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand
But its main pertinence to this discussion is the demand the lover puts on the maiden for her to give up everything of her privileged life to follow him in his outlaw life as he goes into hiding.
If I write "pertinence" it is because the result is pretty much known in advance.
Though she tends to borrow the appearances and language of the past, the real strength of her art lies in its uncomfortable pertinence to contemporary experience.
I remain today convinced of the pertinence of this choice, Mr. Sarkozy said in a statement.
In fact, the pertinence of various previous cases is not uncommonly held to not exist by various Supremes Courts, conservative and liberal alike, much to the surprise/chagrin of many so-called experts.
McCain obviously felt the need to support his blatant flip-flop on DADT, so he dredged this out of the archives, but he forgot to check on its veracity, relevance and pertinence to today.
This convergence—and one could easily find other recent examples—is a sign of the pertinence of the question today.
There's no shortage of Macbeths around at the moment, the play taking on a new pertinence with so many dictatorships wobbling around the world.
For a good example, one could cite the 1976 Best Picture that the experts had all-but handed to All The President's Men for its timely pertinence to the fall-out of Watergate, et al.
The messages are selected based on their pertinence to the times we live in, Marsella explains.
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