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pertinent

adjective

Definition: relevant to the matter at hand

Synonyms: relevant, germane, applicable, related, apropos

Antonyms: irrelevant, unsuitable, unrelated

Tips: The opposite of pertinent is NOT impertinent, but irrelevant. Impertinent means "rude," while irrelevant means "unrelated." Pertinent is slightly more descriptive than relevant, as pertinent refers to immediate, precise, and direct relevance. Pertinent is a great word for keeping a meeting focused: "During this meeting, let's try to focus only on the issues most pertinent to this project." Pertinent is related to relevant, germane, and apposite. See a detailed analysis at relevant.

Usage Examples:

I don't need to hear every detail, just the pertinent information. (relevant, applicable)

Attorneys are expected to supply jurors with pertinent evidence and may be reprimanded if they focus their cases on irrelevant information. (relevant)

In developing a business strategy, itís important to focus on research that is pertinent to your industry. (applicable, related)

The judge asked the witness to limit his testimony to matters pertinent to the case. (relevant)


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