pertinent Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
    • a list of articles pertinent to the discussion
    • remarks that were to the point
  2. adjective satellite being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
    apposite; apt.
    • the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images
    • an apt reply


Per"ti*nent adjective
L. pertinens, -entis, of pertinere: cf. F. pertinent. See Pertain.
  1. Belonging or related to the subject or matter in hand; fit or appropriate in any way; adapted to the end proposed; apposite; material; relevant; as, pertinent illustrations or arguments; pertinent evidence.
  2. Regarding; concerning; belonging; pertaining. R. "Pertinent unto faith." Hooker. Syn. -- Apposite; relevant; suitable; appropriate; fit. -- Per"ti*nent*ly, adv. -- Per"ti*nent*ness, n.

Webster 1913