germane germane  /dʒər ˈmeɪn/


  • (adj) relevant and appropriate


  1. When you go beyond twenty slides in a presentation, you must pause and ask yourself if it is really germane to the topic.
  2. So long as a teacher's observations are scholarly and germane to the subject, her freedom of expression in the classroom should not be curbed.
  3. The germane question is whether whistle blowers should be given protection from the vested interests.



  1. "I've watched the defense authorization bill move its way through Congress and occasionally, including at other times, I've seen amendments put on the bills which are non-germane," McCain said on the Senate floor. "But I haven't seen the...
    on Jul 15, 2009 By: John McCain Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

  2. "Really, I just feel like as long as it's germane to the scene, it's not offensive to me," Lucy said of appearing topless and in explicit sex scenes. "If it is relevant and historically accurate, then artistically it makes sense. People in...
    on Jan 23, 2010 By: Lucy Lawless Source: Irish Central

  3. "I never shot that," Cameron said, now speaking over his protesting publicist. "But I don't think that's really germane to the (film)."
    on Mar 5, 2010 By: James Cameron Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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