What does the word germane mean?

Usage examples for germane

  1. Mr Edward Newman, while guarding the subject with a philosophical caveat, furnishes his readers with the following highly interesting and germane statement:- 1st, My late lamented friend, William Christy, jun. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  2. That masculine vigour and manly persistence under difficulty in maintaining what he believes to be right and true is not germane to the Hindu character. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones
  3. In conversation he was abrupt and somewhat peculiar, apparently regarding all other talk than that relating to mechanics and germane subjects as a waste of words. – Inventors by Philip Gengembre Hubert