Something pertinent is relevant and on-point. If you give your best friend pertinent advice, that means the advice is appropriate for the situation.

Something pertinent is related to the current topic or situation — and probably helpful too. If you're in math class and you make a comment about World War I, that's likely not pertinent. If you're in music class and you talk about a cello, that probably is pertinent. Pertinent things are appropriate and logical. In most situations, people like to get comments and questions that are pertinent — anything else can just seem like a distraction.

Definitions of pertinent
  1. adjective
    being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
    synonyms: apposite, apt
    of an appropriate or pertinent nature
  2. adjective
    having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
    “a list of articles pertinent to the discussion”
    having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
Cite this entry
  • MLA
  • APA
  • Chicago

A paragraph of text

Copy citation
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘pertinent'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up pertinent for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer