Definition of relevance in US English:


(also relevancy)


  • The quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate.

    ‘this film has contemporary relevance’
    ‘the quantity, quality, and relevance of links count towards your rating’
    ‘the Web does allow us to produce more articles of relevance to our readers’
    • ‘National politicians spend an increasing amount of their time dealing with issues of only remote relevance to ordinary peoples' lives.’
    • ‘The film contains a potent message about prejudice that continues to have relevance for today.’
    • ‘Defining the potential role of these agents in the treatment of breast cancer is of great clinical relevance.’
    • ‘Adults are more concerned in learning material that has immediate, direct relevance to them.’
    • ‘Having a better understanding of the make-up of my students allows me to establish the relevance of the course material to their specific interests.’
    • ‘We know they are songs from a bygone age yet they somehow they seem to have such relevance today.’
    • ‘The content should also be of relevance to workshop participants.’
    • ‘In my judgment the decision is of little relevance to the present case.’
    • ‘Sadly enough, Arthur Miller's The Crucible never seems to lose its relevance.’
    • ‘The "truth" or "fiction" of a story has no relevance to the quality of a movie.’