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