non sequitur


non se·qui·tur

noun \ˈnän-ˈse-kwə-tər also -ˌtr\

: a statement that is not connected in a logical or clear way to anything said before it

Full Definition of NON SEQUITUR

1
:  an inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically :  a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent
2
:  a statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said

Examples of NON SEQUITUR

  1. We were talking about the new restaurant when she threw in some non sequitur about her dog.

Origin of NON SEQUITUR

Latin, it does not follow
First Known Use: 1540

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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