from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pertinence to the matter at hand.
  • n. Applicability to social issues: a governmental policy lacking relevance.
  • n. Computer Science The capability of a search engine or function to retrieve data appropriate to a user's needs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property or state of being relevant or pertinent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being relevant; pertinency; applicability.
  • n. Sufficiency to infer the conclusion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as relevancy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the relation of something to the matter at hand


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  • ˜Relevance™ in relevance theory, then, should not be taken to be just our ordinary conception of relevance; nor should it be equated with the ˜relevance™ of Grice's maxim, although it is connected to that and intended to provide a deepened understanding of what underlies the maxim.


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