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per-tĭnĕo , ŭi, 2, v. n. teneo, stretch out, reach, extend to a place; to arrive at a place (class., esp. in the trop. signif.); constr. with ad and acc., or with advv.; very rarely with in or per and acc.; v. infra.
II. Trop.
2. To have a tendency, to tend or lead to an object or result, Varr. R. R. 2, 1: “illud quo pertineat, videte,Cic. Agr. 2, 8, 20; id. Att. 8, 9, 1: “quod autem plures a nobis nominati sunt, eo pertinuit, quod, etc.,id. Brut. 87, 299: “summa illuc pertinet, ut sciatis, etc.,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 10, § 25: “interpretando, quorsum quidque pertineat,id. N. D. 3, 23, 60 fin.: “quid ista ad vidulum pertinent, servae sint istae an liberae?Plaut. Rud. 4, 4, 62.—Esp. in phrase: quod ad aliquem (aliquid) pertinet, as far as concerns, in regard to (mostly post-Aug.): quod ad inducias pertineret, sic belli rationem esse divisam, ut, etc., * Caes. B. C. 3, 17, 3: “quod ad nationes exteras pertinet, Cicero varie,Quint. 11, 1, 89: “quod ad Dymnum pertinet, nihil scio,Curt. 6, 11, 30: quod pertinet ad elephantos, id. 9, 2, 19; cf.: “quantum ad decernentes pertinet,Plin. Ep. 8, 6, 14: “quod ad me pertinet, intellego me perdidisse, etc.,Sen. Cons. ad Helv. 10, 2; id. Ep. 119, 12; id. Suas. 6, 12; 7, 1: “cum virtutibus tum etiam fortuna, siquid hoc ad rem pertinet,Cic. Fam. 13, 13: “quatenus quidque se attingat ad seque pertineat perspicere,Cic. Fin. 5, 9, 24: “illud dissimulas ad te quod pertinet,Mart. 7, 10, 9. —
C. To apply to, be applicable to, to suit, be suitable to a person or thing: “magis pol haec malitia pertinet ad viros, quam ad mulieres,Plaut. Truc. 4, 3, 36: “ad quem suspicio maleficii pertineat,on whom suspicion should fall, Cic. Rosc. Am. 7, 18: “ad officium meum,id. ib. 13, 36: “liberalitas ad rem familiarem meam,id. Fam. 12, 28: “ad imperatorem prodigium pertinere,Liv. 25, 16.—
E. To belong, to be the property of (late Lat.): “omnia quae ad se pertinebant,Vulg. Gen. 32, 23; id. Exod. 9, 4; id. 1 Reg. 25, 21.—Hence, adv.: pertĭnenter , aptly, suitably, appositely, pertinently (post-class.): “pertinenter ad causam,Tert. adv. Marc. 4, 38.—Comp.: “pertinentius,Tert. adv. Marc. 4, 9.—Sup.: “pertinentissime,Tert. adv. Marc. 4, 31.
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