Share this entry
pertinent Line breaks: per¦tin|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːtɪnənt/

Definition of pertinent in English:


Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite: she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions practitioners must consider all factors pertinent to a situation
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.
relevant, to the point, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting, fit, apt, applicable, material, germane, to the purpose, apropos;
Latin ad rem
rare appurtenant


Pronunciation: /ˈpəːtɪnəns/
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: /ˈpəːtɪnəntli/
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
Definition of pertinent in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words