Definition of germane in US English:



  • Relevant to a subject under consideration.

    ‘that is not germane to our theme’
    • ‘Professor Crout delivered his remarks, which were certainly germane to the subject.’
    • ‘The concept seems very germane to the original post and is explained succinctly.’
    • ‘I think they're germane and they help explain what's going on here.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many of the most interesting and germane points appear in the endnotes.’
    • ‘It is germane to consider what observations might actually require, or provide support for, this scenario.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lot of that's just an assessment of his general medical condition and not necessarily germane to the melanoma itself.’
    • ‘At this stage, however, the more germane question is what consumers will actually do with the incremental cash.’
    • ‘We, on the other hand, believe that the comparison is highly germane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would have been more germane to ask, How do we know he's not still there?’
    • ‘It is therefore necessary that certain points germane to the subject be discussed in detail.’
    • ‘As I explained in my last e-mail the first e-mail exchange we had is no longer germane.’
    • ‘It deals with a subject inherently germane to every military officer, no matter the service.’
    • ‘A number of determinants were considered germane in the selection of mediation for commercial disputes.’
    • ‘It takes its data from the 2001 Census; and you can find the germane data here.’
    • ‘This is a highly germane consideration for an economy on the threshold of emerging market style debt trap dynamics.’
    • ‘The show reads as a who's who of the contemporary South African art family with germane examples selected from dozens of possibilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.