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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GERMANE

We shall borrow some hints from it, germane to our present theme.

Some were germane to the matter in hand and some seemed to strike wide of all mark.

To do so would be to treat the creatures by a law not germane to their nature.

But the address is consecutive and germane to the occasion throughout.

And you will—you won't say things—I mean things not germane to the subject?

I have introduced this point here because it is most fair and most germane.

No paltry little anecdote or incident, germane or not, is too contemptible for him.

"This woman has been sent to keep house for Maildun," said Germane.

"This woman has certainly been sent to keep house for Maildun," said Germane.

My experiences of this city are not, however, germane to this narrative.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "having the same parents," derived from german (adj.); cf. human/humane, urban/urbane. Main modern sense of "closely connected, relevant" (c.1600) derives from use in "Hamlet" Act V, Scene ii: "The phrase would bee more Germaine to the matter: If we could carry Cannon by our sides," which is a figurative use of the word in the now-obsolete sense of "closely related, akin" (late 15c.) in reference to things, not persons.

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