Definition of pertinent in US English:



  • Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite.

    ‘she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions’
    ‘the unreleased section of tape was not pertinent to the investigation’
    • ‘We have tried to study all the pertinent factors that have a direct or indirect bearing on such costs.’
    • ‘It also raises a number of critical questions that are pertinent to five key areas of business.’
    • ‘There are also some implications pertinent to both researchers and professionals.’
    • ‘They should be giving him much more pertinent advice as to what he should and shouldn't say.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a challenge more pertinent to Britain than anywhere else.’
    • ‘The accused's attention will no doubt be drawn to any relevant and pertinent questions asked at interview.’
    • ‘The second issue may be particularly pertinent to sensitive topics but has a wider applicability.’
    • ‘Yes, victory here would be a pertinent win for the British golden girl.’
    • ‘That leads me to another point in the fight against crime that is very pertinent to the discussion.’
    • ‘Yet it's the kind of question that really is pertinent in all the circumstances.’
    • ‘There is one more thing I want to say, about a matter that is pertinent to that.’
    • ‘I happen to think his remarks highly pertinent, which is why I have reproduced them here.’
    • ‘That, I'll concede, makes it at least slightly pertinent to the subject matter.’
    • ‘There are many pertinent quotes in the article, but you really need to read it in its entirety.’
    • ‘It is pertinent that all parties involved in the peace process remain engaged.’
    • ‘At the time, it was a triumphant, pertinent, poetic and amusing choice to all of them.’
    • ‘I don't know if it was a publicity thing, but he does raise some pertinent issues.’
    • ‘For those who yearn for a more gentler age, it is a perfect destination; a pertinent reminder of how life used to be.’
    • ‘The study, so pertinent in its timing, demonstrates that asylum seekers are also victims.’
    • ‘A useful and more pertinent account of the pictures themselves is handed out on admission to the exhibition.’
    relevant, to the point, apposite, appropriate, suitable, fitting, fit, apt, applicable, material, germane, to the purpose, apropos
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin pertinent- ‘having reference to’, from the verb pertinere (see pertain).