different between relevancy vs purpose




From relevant +? -ancy.


  • IPA(key): /???l?v?nsi/
  • Hyphenation: rel?e?van?cy


relevancy (countable and uncountable, plural relevancies)

  1. (law, Scotland) Sufficiency (of a statement, claim etc.) to carry weight in law; legal pertinence. [from 16th c.]
  2. (uncountable) The degree to which a thing is relevant; relevance, applicability. [from 17th c.]
    • 1842, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Myster of Marie Rogêt’:
      It is the malpractice of the courts to confine evidence and discussion to the bounds of apparent relevancy.
  3. (countable) A relevant thing. [from 19th c.]

Usage notes

  • In contemporary usage relevance is about 20 times more common in the US (COCA) and about 50 times more common in the UK (BNC) than relevancy.


  • irrelevancy

Related terms

  • relevant
  • relevance


Further reading

  • relevancy in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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  • (General American) IPA(key): /?p?p?s/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /?p??p?s/
  • Rhymes: -??(?)p?s

Etymology 1

From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (to propose), from Latin pr? (forth) + pono, hence Latin propono, proponere, with conjugation altered based on poser.


purpose (countable and uncountable, plural purposes)

  1. An objective to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "[2]", BBC Sport, 1 September 2013:
      United began with more purpose in the early phase of the second half and Liverpool were grateful for Glen Johnson's crucial block from Young's goalbound shot.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
  6. (obsolete) Instance; example.
  • (target): aim, goal, object, target; See also Thesaurus:goal
  • (intention): aim, plan, intention; See also Thesaurus:intention
  • (determination): determination, intention, resolution
  • (subject of discourse): matter, subject, topic
  • (reason for doing something): reason
  • common purpose
  • metapurpose
Derived terms
Related terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (to propose).


purpose (third-person singular simple present purposes, present participle purposing, simple past and past participle purposed)

  1. (transitive) To have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
  2. (transitive, passive) To design for some purpose. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To discourse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
Derived terms
  • purposed
  • purposer
  • purposive
  • on purpose
  • (have set as one's purpose): aim, intend, mean, plan, set out
  • (designed for some purpose): intended


  • “purpose” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • “purpose”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, ?ISBN
  • "purpose" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

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