Definition of pertinent in English:


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  • Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite.

    ‘she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions’
    • ‘the unreleased section of tape was not pertinent to the investigation’
    • ‘The accused's attention will no doubt be drawn to any relevant and pertinent questions asked at interview.’
    • ‘There is one more thing I want to say, about a matter that is pertinent to that.’
    • ‘That, I'll concede, makes it at least slightly pertinent to the subject matter.’
    • ‘Yet it's the kind of question that really is pertinent in all the circumstances.’
    • ‘It also raises a number of critical questions that are pertinent to five key areas of business.’
    • ‘The second issue may be particularly pertinent to sensitive topics but has a wider applicability.’
    • ‘There are also some implications pertinent to both researchers and professionals.’
    • ‘A useful and more pertinent account of the pictures themselves is handed out on admission to the exhibition.’
    • ‘For those who yearn for a more gentler age, it is a perfect destination; a pertinent reminder of how life used to be.’
    • ‘It is pertinent that all parties involved in the peace process remain engaged.’
    • ‘Yes, victory here would be a pertinent win for the British golden girl.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a challenge more pertinent to Britain than anywhere else.’
    • ‘I don't know if it was a publicity thing, but he does raise some pertinent issues.’
    • ‘That leads me to another point in the fight against crime that is very pertinent to the discussion.’
    • ‘We have tried to study all the pertinent factors that have a direct or indirect bearing on such costs.’
    • ‘At the time, it was a triumphant, pertinent, poetic and amusing choice to all of them.’
    • ‘They should be giving him much more pertinent advice as to what he should and shouldn't say.’
    • ‘The study, so pertinent in its timing, demonstrates that asylum seekers are also victims.’
    • ‘I happen to think his remarks highly pertinent, which is why I have reproduced them here.’
    • ‘There are many pertinent quotes in the article, but you really need to read it in its entirety.’
    relevant, to the point, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting, fit, apt, applicable, material, germane, to the purpose, apropos
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Late Middle English from Old French, or from Latin pertinent- ‘having reference to’, from the verb pertinere (see pertain).