Definition of germane in English:



  • Relevant to a subject under consideration.

    ‘that is not germane to our theme’
    • ‘I think they're germane and they help explain what's going on here.’
    • ‘It is therefore necessary that certain points germane to the subject be discussed in detail.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘At this stage, however, the more germane question is what consumers will actually do with the incremental cash.’
    • ‘It is germane to consider what observations might actually require, or provide support for, this scenario.’
    • ‘It would have been more germane to ask, How do we know he's not still there?’
    • ‘As I explained in my last e-mail the first e-mail exchange we had is no longer germane.’
    • ‘If the health service is to make progress towards such a goal, a number of considerations are germane.’
    • ‘The concept seems very germane to the original post and is explained succinctly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Professor Crout delivered his remarks, which were certainly germane to the subject.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many of the most interesting and germane points appear in the endnotes.’
    • ‘The show reads as a who's who of the contemporary South African art family with germane examples selected from dozens of possibilities.’
    • ‘A lot of that's just an assessment of his general medical condition and not necessarily germane to the melanoma itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a highly germane consideration for an economy on the threshold of emerging market style debt trap dynamics.’
    relevant, pertinent, applicable, apposite, material
    apropos, to the point, to the purpose, admissible
    appropriate, apt, fitting, suitable, suited, proper, felicitous
    connected, related, linked, akin, allied, analogous
    ad rem
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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.