rel·e·vance /'re-lə-vəns/ n: the quality or state of being relevant: relation to the matter at hand
ruled on the relevance of the testimony
relevance in discovery has been broadly interpreted

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun affinity, applicability, application, appositeness, appropriateness, aptness, association, bearing, compatibility, concern, congruence, congruency, congruity, connection, correlation, correspondence, importance, materiality, pertinence, reference, relation, relationship, significance, suitability, suitableness, tie-in associated concepts: objection as to relevance II index connection (relation), consequence (significance), importance, interest (concern), materiality (consequence), propriety (appropriateness), qualification (fitness), relation (connection), relationship (connection), significance

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

a key concept in the law of evidence that considers the link between a piece of evidence and the enquiry itself. 'Facts relevant in relation to each other if according to the common course of events one either taken by itself or in connection with other facts proves or renders liable to proof the past, present, or future or non-existence of the other'. Compare admissibility.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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