Definitions

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

  • adj. Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Directly related, connected, or pertinent to a topic.
  • adj. Not out of date; current.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relieving; lending aid or support.
  • adj. Bearing upon, or properly applying to, the case in hand; pertinent; applicable.
  • adj. Sufficient to support the cause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To the purpose; pertinent; applicable: as, the testimony is not relevant to the case.
  • In law, being in subject-matter germane to the controversy; conducive to the proof or disproof of a fact in issue or a pertinent hypothesis. See irrelevant.
  • In Scots law, sufficient legally: as, a relevant plea.
  • Synonyms and Apposite, appropriate, suitable, fit.

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

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

Etymologies

Medieval Latin relevāns, relevant-, from Latin, present participle of relevāre, to relieve, raise up; see relieve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French relevant ("assisting"), from Latin relevāns, present active participle of relevō ("lift up again, lighten, relieve"), from re- ("again") + levō ("lift"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only way he gets to remain "relevant" is for the "corporatists" he hates to remain in power, and he best acheives that goal by taking votes away from Democrats.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Needless to say, Chris is the most commercially successful and contemporarily totally a word relevant of the artists nominated, but when the award has gone to the younguns in the past, it's been more traditionally soulful artists like Alicia Keys, India Arie and D'Angelo rather than an explicit pop crossover artist like Young Breezy.

    CNN.com

  • Radditz does not say who the many are and the only use of the term relevant to the current situation that I could find was

    Feminist Peace Network

  • In that first season starting with 'Rose' the Doctor was the mysterious figure he'd always been hooking new viewers in with questions which suddenly made the title relevant again as it became a question; but then with the addition of news of the destruction of his home planet (not named properly for another two years) fans were drawn in with questions about what happened which still haven't been completely answered.

    How Now Brownpau

  • Sooner or later, the word "relevant" is gonna get tossed around and it's kind of hard to claim relevance holding an upright bass and rocking a 30-year-old song selection.

    Watercooler: Casey Abrams Shows What Idols Are Made Of

  • Other times, it just seems like you've heard it a million times, especially any sentence with the word "relevant" in it: "I think the vision for Judaism 2030 is: How do we, as synagogues and small communities around the country, manage to remain relevant to the lives of our constituents while they live in a global world?"

    David Suissa: The People Of The Jargon

  • Zigtag is redefining the term relevant on the Internet!

    Internet News: Social Bookmarking Archives

  • They have a quality of what I call relevant irrelevance.

    Fully Human, Fully Divine: James Fowler and Evelyn Underhill

  • And former England international Hopley, chief executive of the Rugby Players' Association, intends pursuing the matter with what he describes as "relevant national and international bodies".

    Evening Standard - Home

  • This personalized dynamic has faded with democratization, but the memory and vestiges of it remain relevant in Mexican politics today.

    What to Read on Mexican Politics

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