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Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.

SYNONYMS   relevant, pertinent, germane, material, apposite, apropos. These adjectives describe what relates to and has a direct bearing on the matter at hand. Something relevant is connected with a subject or issue: performed experiments relevant to her research. Pertinent suggests a logical, precise relevance: assigned pertinent articles for the class to read. Germane implies close kinship and appropriateness: “He asks questions that are germane and central to the issue” (Marlin Fitzwater). Something material is not only relevant but also crucial to a matter: reiterated the material facts of the lawsuit. Apposite implies a striking appropriateness and pertinence: used apposite verbal images in the paper. Something apropos is both to the point and opportune: an apropos comment that concisely answered my question.

1 closely connected with the subject you are discussing or the situation you are thinking about
a relevant suggestion/question/point
Do you have the relevant experience?
Send me all the relevant information.
relevant to something/somebody These comments are not directly relevant to this inquiry.
2 relevant (to something/somebody)
having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work
Her novel is still relevant today.
How relevant is religious education to most children?
noun [uncountable]
I don’t see the relevance of your question.
What he said has no direct relevance to the matter in hand.
a classic play of contemporary relevance
The applicant has experience in teaching and, more relevantly, in industry.

relating to a subject in an appropriate way
? a relevant [=pertinent] question ? The ideas and observations expressed in the book are still relevant today. — often + to ? Her comments were not relevant [=(more formally) germane] to the discussion. ? Do you have any experience that is relevant to this job? — opposite irrelevant

— rel·e·vance  or rel·e·van·cy / noun [noncount]
? The question lacks relevance.
— rel·e·vant·ly adverb
? It’s a funny story, and more relevantly, it’s true.

Collins Cobuild
 1     Something that is relevant to a situation or person is important or significant in that situation or to that person.
  Is socialism still relevant to people’s lives?…
     = pertinent  * irrelevant 
 2     The relevant thing of a particular kind is the one that is appropriate.
  Make sure you enclose all the relevant certificates.
     ADJ: the ADJ n 
(c) HarperCollins Publishers.

Australina Law Dictionary
(evidence) The logical relationship between an item of evidence a party seeks to present at trial and a material fact in issue. Relevant evidence makes a material fact in issue more or less likely or more or less probable: e.g. Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) s 55.

Anything that communicates a message of fact or intention may have evidentiary significance, from a document in its broadest sense to any other form of communication that may be offered as tending towards proof as a matter of evidence: sound and film recordings, signs and symbols (see documentary evidence); human oral, behavioural, and gestural acts of communication; inferences drawn from circumstances; and the scientific results of tests or empirical research. The significance or weight to be attached to each is a matter of fact and thus a task for the jury. Anything that is not relevant is not admissible. Relevance may be shown by demonstrating that the evidence goes to show the existence or non-existence of some fact in issue in the case, or is a fact relevant to a fact in issue; or that it goes to the credit of a witness.


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