Definition of germane in English:



  • Relevant to a subject under consideration.

    ‘that is not germane to our theme’
    • ‘As I explained in my last e-mail the first e-mail exchange we had is no longer germane.’
    • ‘It is therefore necessary that certain points germane to the subject be discussed in detail.’
    • ‘It may not be one that's germane to the story but it will get the subject talking freely - and that's a detour well worth taking.’
    • ‘A number of determinants were considered germane in the selection of mediation for commercial disputes.’
    • ‘At this stage, however, the more germane question is what consumers will actually do with the incremental cash.’
    • ‘It takes its data from the 2001 Census; and you can find the germane data here.’
    • ‘It is germane to consider what observations might actually require, or provide support for, this scenario.’
    • ‘The show reads as a who's who of the contemporary South African art family with germane examples selected from dozens of possibilities.’
    • ‘It deals with a subject inherently germane to every military officer, no matter the service.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many of the most interesting and germane points appear in the endnotes.’
    • ‘It would have been more germane to ask, How do we know he's not still there?’
    • ‘Frankly, they backed into their mollusc caves round about May and emerge only when I manage to procure a germane species of earth worm from my back yard.’
    • ‘We, on the other hand, believe that the comparison is highly germane.’
    • ‘Professor Crout delivered his remarks, which were certainly germane to the subject.’
    • ‘This is a highly germane consideration for an economy on the threshold of emerging market style debt trap dynamics.’
    • ‘A lot of that's just an assessment of his general medical condition and not necessarily germane to the melanoma itself.’
    • ‘I think they're germane and they help explain what's going on here.’
    • ‘The concept seems very germane to the original post and is explained succinctly.’
    • ‘If the health service is to make progress towards such a goal, a number of considerations are germane.’
    • ‘If that be so, the material contained in the affidavit is material which would be germane to the question whether the Court would or would not adopt that course.’
    relevant, pertinent, applicable, apposite, material
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Early 17th century: variant of german, with which it was synonymous from Middle English. The current sense has arisen from a usage in Shakespeare's Hamlet.