Definition of pertinent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpərtnənt/


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
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpərtnəns/
Example sentences
  • For musicians, there is now a sense of relevance and pertinence to their voice that has been vacant for nearly thirty years.
  • This message has particular pertinence for South Africa right now.
  • Yet, my belief remained firm and incontestable about the pertinence of the idiom ‘Honesty is the best policy’.


Example sentences
  • This itself should silence sceptics about Gandhi's pertinency.


Pronunciation: /ˈpərtnəntlē/
Example sentences
  • More pertinently, it denied Dublin a series of point-scoring opportunities which was inexcusable when the margin between them was minimal.
  • More pertinently, however, was the fact that the possibility of a union between the associations north and south never reached the discussion stage.
  • More pertinently, the respective performances suggest that neither side can be too confident going into the championship in a month's time.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin pertinent- 'having reference to', from the verb pertinere (see pertain).

Words that rhyme with pertinent

appurtenant, impertinent
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