Relevance vs. relevancy

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There is no difference between relevance and relevancy. Though the latter is the older form, relevance is now preferred in all varieties of English. In this century, relevance is about ten times as common as relevancy in U.S. popular usage, and the gap is even wider in British, Australian, and Canadian sources.

The ngram below, which graphs the use of both forms in a large number of texts published between 1800 and 2000, shows that there is no competition:

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