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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having logical precise relevance to the matter at hand. See Synonyms at relevant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. important with regards to (a subject or matter); relevant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging or related to the subject or matter in hand; fit or appropriate in any way; adapted to the end proposed; apposite; material; relevant
  • adj. Regarding; concerning; belonging; pertaining.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging or related to the subject or matter in hand; to the purpose; adapted to the end proposed; appropriate; apposite; not foreign to the question; being to the point.
  • Pertaining or relating; that regards or has reference: with to or unto.
  • Synonyms Relevant, fit, proper, applicable, appertaining.
  • n. In Scots law, an appurtenant: used, chiefly in the pllural, in charters and dispositions in conjunction with parts: as, lands are disponed with parts and pertinents.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
  • adj. having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French partenant, pertinent, from Latin pertinēns, pertinent-, present participle of pertinēre, to pertain; see pertain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin pertinens, present participle of pertinere ("to extend, stretch out, belong, relate, pertain, have concern"), from per ("through") + tenere ("to hold"). (Wiktionary)

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