Definition of relevant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈreləvənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreləvənt//
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  1. 1  closely connected with the subject you are discussing or the situation you are thinking about a relevant suggestion/question/point Do you have the relevant experience? Send me all the relevant information. relevant to something/somebody These comments are not directly relevant to this inquiry. opposite irrelevant
  2. 2  relevant (to something/somebody) having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work Her novel is still relevant today. How relevant is religious education to most children?
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent. (as a Scots legal term meaning ‘legally pertinent’): from medieval Latin relevant- ‘raising up’, from Latin relevare.Extra examples Is there a morally relevant difference between human life and animal life? Past imperial glories are hardly relevant to the present day. Resist the temptation to discuss topics that are not strictly relevant to the essay question. The article was only marginally relevant. information relevant to this case vocationally relevant qualifications He made one or two highly relevant points. I don’t think that question is really very relevant. These comments are not directly relevant to this enquiry. They are looking for someone with relevant experience in childcare. We should consider everything, even if it doesn’t seem immediately relevant. You can get the relevant information from your admissions officer.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: relevant