The definition of pertinent is something that has a logical connection to the current subject.
An example of pertinent is someone mentioning Martin Luther King Jr. during a civil rights discussion.
having some connection with the matter at hand; relevant; to the point
Origin of pertinentMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin pertinens, present participle of pertinere: see pertain
Clearly related to a matter at hand. See Synonyms at relevant.
Origin of pertinentMiddle English, from Old French partenant, pertinent, from Latin pertin&emacron;ns, pertinent-, present participle of pertin&emacron;re, to pertain; see pertain.
- per′ti·nence, per′ti·nen·cy
(comparative more pertinent, superlative most pertinent)