WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
per•ti•nent /ˈpɜrtənənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. pertaining to the matter being considered;
    relevant:pertinent details.
per•ti•nence, n. [uncountable]Does this have any pertinence to the case?See -ten-, -tain-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
per•ti•nent  (pûrtn ənt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. pertaining or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand;
    relevant:pertinent details.
perti•nence, perti•nen•cy, n. 
perti•nent•ly, adv. 
  • Latin pertinent- (stem of pertinēns), present participle of pertinēre to pertain; see -ent
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    appropriate, fitting, fit, suitable, applicable. See  apt. 

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pertinent /ˈpɜːtɪnənt/ adj
  1. relating to the matter at hand; relevant
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin pertinēns, from pertinēre to pertain

ˈpertinence n ˈpertinently adv

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