Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Clearly related to a matter at hand. synonym: relevant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French partenant, pertinent, from Latin pertinēns, pertinent-, present participle of pertinēre, to pertain; see pertain.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French, from Latin pertinens, present participle of pertinere ("to extend, stretch out, belong, relate, pertain, have concern"), from per ("through") + tenere ("to hold").

Examples

  • Halsam's campaign manager has said the candidate will also release what he called pertinent information about his finances, but has not said when.

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  • Halsam's campaign manager has said the candidate will also release what he called pertinent information about his finances, but has not said when.

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  • In the wake of protests from delinquent taxpayers about the depressing music that telephone callers to the Internal Revenue Service must endure when they are automatically placed on hold for forty-five minutes, the IRS has issued a statement, which reads, in pertinent part: There will be no changes made to our current telephone system configuration.

    John Baxter: IRS Refuses to Play More Upbeat Music for Callers on Hold

  • That controversy, like this one, turns on Article I, Section 5, which provides in pertinent part:

    A Thin Reid to Hang On?

  • An abbreviated version of entries made between 1977 and 1981, most of them never before revealed to the public, the book concentrates on themes that remain pertinent: Middle East peace, U.S.

    Glenn C. Altschuler: Jimmy Carter's Last Campaign

  • In the wake of protests from delinquent taxpayers about the depressing music that telephone callers to the Internal Revenue Service must endure when they are automatically placed on hold for forty-five minutes, the IRS has issued a statement, which reads, in pertinent part: There will be no changes made to our current telephone system configuration.

    John Baxter: IRS Refuses to Play More Upbeat Music for Callers on Hold

  • The first comment, for example, says in pertinent part:

    Matthew Yglesias » Politics By Other Means

  • More realistic and pertinent is the realisation that what we do right now is determining the way our children and their offspring will live.

    On Climate Change « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Together with the genetic counselor, analyze the pedigree to obtain pertinent past medical records from appropriate “affected” members

    Clinical Genetics Service

  • In the wake of protests from delinquent taxpayers about the depressing music that telephone callers to the Internal Revenue Service must endure when they are automatically placed on hold for forty-five minutes, the IRS has issued a statement, which reads, in pertinent part: There will be no changes made to our current telephone system configuration.

    John Baxter: IRS Refuses to Play More Upbeat Music for Callers on Hold

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