Correct spelling, explanation: relevant is an adjective of Latin origin, and it still looks quite similar to its predecessor: relevare. The word gained a more English adjective suffix, but the rest stayed the same. The spelling of the word guides the speakers on how to pronounce it (a in Latin word is rarely pronounced as e), and it clearly suggests the word’s roots, making the meaning more understandable.
Definition of relevant:
1. Significant in connection to a topic or situation at hand
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2. Appropriate, or fitting in the situation
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Incorrect spelling, explanation: as much as relevant showcases Latin roots, when we look at
revelant we see an English word made out of two parts: revel and a suffix -ant. And considering that the word revel has its own meaning in English, this leads us to an incorrect understanding of the word. This word would also be spelled differently and it entirely loses the meaning of the original, correct word.
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