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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.
relevancynoun 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.