1. relevant and appropriate
; - Example: "he asks questions that are germane and central to the issue"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Germane \Ger*mane"\, a. [See German akin, nearly related.]
Literally, near akin; hence, closely allied; appropriate or
The phrase would be more germane to the matter. --Shak.
[An amendment] must be germane. --Barclay
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: relevant and appropriate; "he asks questions that are
germane and central to the issue"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
47 Moby Thesaurus words for "germane":
a propos, ad rem, admissible, affiliated, agnate, akin, allied,
appertaining, applicable, applying, apposite, appropriate, apropos,
avuncular, belonging, closely related, cognate, collateral,
congeneric, consanguine, consanguinean, consanguineous,
distantly related, enate, foster, german, in point, involving,
kindred, material, matrilateral, matrilineal, matroclinous,
novercal, of the blood, patrilateral, patrilineal, patroclinous,
pertaining, pertinent, related, relevant, sib, sibling,
to the point, to the purpose, uterine