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).


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’


You could use the word relevance.

The relevance of the post was amplified by the edit.



relation to the matter at hand

(also: relevant)

relating to a subject in an appropriate way



being at once relevant and appropriate


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

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