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germane

adjective

Definition: relevant and appropriate to a given matter

Synonyms: relevant, fitting, pertinent, applicable

Antonyms: irrelevant, unsuitable

Tips: Germane is derived from the Middle English germain, which literally means, "akin." It is often used in meetings and hearings to keep topics pertinent to the discussion. It is a more sophisticated term for "relevant." Germane is more specific than relevant, as it usually refers to a close connection, "akin." If you say something is germane to your discussion, it has a close relationship to what you are discussing. Think, "a kin," as in, "of the same family," highly related and appropriate. Germane is related to relevant, apposite, and pertinent. See relevant for additional analysis. For a memory trick, note how germane sounds a little like "your name." Think how germane (relevant, appropriate) your name is to the conversation upon first meeting someone.

Usage Examples:

As long as his ideas were germane to the business at hand, he was allowed to expound on them. (relevant)

Attorneys' comments must remain germane to the case being tried. (pertinent)

Bobby, what are you talking about? Your statement isnít even germane to this conversation. (relevant)

That particular research isnít germane to this proposal; weíll have to find data thatís more applicable. (pertinent, applicable)


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