- bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand; pertinent: a relevant remark.
- having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent
- linguistics another word for distinctive (def. 2)
adj.“pertinent to the matter at hand,” 1550s, from Middle French relevant “depending upon,” originally “helpful,” from Medieval Latin relevantem (nominative relevans), from stem of Latin relevare “to lessen, lighten” (see relieve). Not generally used until after 1800.