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I'm trying to nominalize the word "on-topic". The closest I have come is "on-topicness", but I do not think that is a real world, nor have I been able to find anything that suggests it is.

Sample sentence:

The on-topicness of the post was amplified by the edit.

What is a term describing the quality or state of being relevant to the subject under discussion?

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    Your own term relevance seems to fit the bill.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:35
  • Yes, relevance, relevancy, pertinence, applicability, suitability,...
    – Drew
    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:56
  • I understand now that my search queries were too specific. I was too focused on the word "on-topic" and missed the general relation to "relevance". I'm sorry if users find that this question shows a lack of research effort or is not useful. I promise that I did search, just obviously not for the right thing.
    – Tiny Giant
    Dec 2, 2016 at 8:19

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In addition to relevance itself (as already pointed out), pertinence works here (it is actually synonymous with relevance).

ODO:

pertinence NOUN

See pertinent.

‘This concern reflects the pertinence of these issues to student life.’

pertinent ADJECTIVE

Relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite:
‘she asked me a lot of very pertinent questions’

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You could use the word relevance.

The relevance of the post was amplified by the edit.

Definition:

relevance

relation to the matter at hand

(also: relevant)

relating to a subject in an appropriate way

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germane

being at once relevant and appropriate

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germane

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  • Do you mean germaneness?
    – Tiny Giant
    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:47

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