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relevant (adj) related; (of ideas) valuable and useful for life or a job.

When you make remarks that are closely connected with the subject you are discussing or the situation you are in, the remarks are relevant. A mention of the quality of work a worker does is relevant to a discussion of his wages, because wages are closely related to the nature of work done. Talking about a cow while referring to the nutritious value of milk is not relevant to the subject, because the cow has no connection with the nutritional value of milk. Ideas, which are very useful and valuable to a person's life, are relevant to their life and career.

  • The audiences began to tire after sometime, as the speaker began to talk about things not relevant to the subject. While the subject was the eradication of AIDS, he was talking mostly about childcare.
  • His qualifications are relevant to the job he has applied for and so he was immediately selected. He was an astrophysicist and the job he wanted was that of a scientist in the space organization.
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