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The tendency of a fact offered as evidence in a lawsuit to prove or disprove the truth of a point in issue.

A fact offered as evidence must bear a logical relationship to a point in issue for the court to permit its admission as evidence. In addition to such relevancy, evidence must also be material; it must strongly establish the truth or falsity of a point in issue if it is to be used as proof of a particular issue.


n. (See: relevant, irrelevant)


noun accord, affinity, applicability, appositeness, appropriateness, aptness, association, bearing, comparability, compatibility, congruence, congruity, connection, correlation, correspondence, fitness, harmoniousness, importance, materiality, propriety, reference, relation, relationship, scope, significance, suitability, suitableness, tie-in
Associated concepts: legal relevancy, logical relevancy, rellvancy of evidence
See also: connection, relationship

RELEVANCY. By this term is understood the evidence which is applicable to the issue joined; it is relevant when it is applicable to the issue, and ought to be admitted; it is irrelevant, when it does not apply; and it ought then to be excluded. 3 Hawks, 122; 4 Litt. Rep. 272; 7 Mart. Lo. R. N. S. 198. See Greenl. Ev. Sec. 49, et seq.; 1 Phil. Ev. 169; 11 S. & R. 134; 7 Wend. R. 359; 1 Rawle, R. 311; 3 Pet. R. 336; 5 Harr. & Johns. 51, 56; 1 Watts. & Serg. 362; 6 Watts. R. 266; 1 S. & R. 298.