Definition of germane:
- relational (part of speech: adjective)
- relevant (part of speech: adjective)
" Gentlemen of the Senate-" he drooled, " most of us have been raised in a land that knows little of the primitive features that make up life with us, and though it may not at first seem germane or pertinent, I want you to go with me as your guide, while I try to make you see the life of those steep counties that are affected by the measure before you; counties that lie behind the barriers and sleep the ancient sleep of the forgotten."- "The Law of Hemlock Mountain", Hugh Lundsford.
In the same way, music in which the progressions were germane to the existing tonality- feeling, while still not absolutely obvious, would not be less quickening to the musical sense, even if learned by heart.- "The Psychology of Beauty", Ethel D. Puffer.
It is germane to these observations to remark that in the two years that have elapsed since the successful negotiation of our new treaty with Japan, which at the time seemed to present so many practical difficulties, our export trade to that country has increased at the rate of over $ 1, 000, 000 a month.- "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.