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germane | germaneness

germane germaneness
relevant to a particular subject or situation
  • How to Memorize
    • germane - relevant
  • Analysis

    Ideas or information that are connected, appropriate, or important to the matter at hand can be called ‘germane’ to it. This formal word is most commonly used in a professional context, especially in relation to business or politics.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsappositepertinent, applicable,
    Antonymsextraneousirrelevant, immaterial,
  • Example(s)
    1. We are short on time for today’s meeting, so we need to limit our discussion to what’s germane to the current issue.

    2. I question the germaneness of adding immigration reform to a bill designed to deal with corporate malfeasance.

    3. The politician refused to answer the journalist's questions because he felt they were not germane to the matter at hand.