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I'm working on an assignment for English and I wrote the sentence.

"The quote is both thematic and []". 

I'm attempting to find a word that fills the brackets and means "important to to the plot" or "having to do with the plot". Google and dictionary websites haven't yielded anything of use, especially with the result spam generated because the term "plot" is included.

Does anyone know of such a word?

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You can use relevant which means having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand as defined in Merriam-Webster. The matter at hand is the plot.

Also you can consider pertinent which means relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed.

You can consider adding "to the plot" after both of them as it adds clarity.

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  • +1; ""The quote is both thematic and relevant to the plot" sounds very natural. – herisson Oct 2 '15 at 5:59
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I've heard the word pivotal used this way.

Pivotal: Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else

A Google search of the word returns such results as:

The first culmination generally occurs around the midpoint of the second act and is a pivotal moment in the story...

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The word I would use is germane.

Germane: Relevant to a subject under consideration

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    Isn't it germane? – user140086 Oct 2 '15 at 5:26
  • Hello, and welcome to ELU Stack Exchange. You will find that providing a reference and running a spell check before you post will get you more upvotes. For now, I've taken the liberty to edit your answer: I've added a link to Oxford Dictionaries Online and also provided the dictionary meaning of the word. – Tragicomic Oct 2 '15 at 7:04

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