Germane definition

jər-mān
Truly relevant; pertinent; to the point.
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Related to a matter at hand, especially to a subject under discussion.
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(obs.) Akin; german.
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The definition of germane is something relevant to the topic.

An example of germane information when trying to get a mortgage is your income, credit score and the price of the home.

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Pertaining to the subject matter at hand.
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Related to the topic being discussed or considered.
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(organic chemistry, especially in combination) Any organic derivative of this compound.
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(inorganic chemistry) Germanium tetrahydride, GeH4
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
germane
Plural:
germanes

Origin of germane

  • Middle English germain having the same parents, closely connected german2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant form of german, adapted in this sense in allusions to its use in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    From Wiktionary