irrelevance

noun
ir·​rel·​e·​vance | \ i-ˈre-lə-vən(t)s How to pronounce irrelevance (audio) \

Definition of irrelevance

1 : the quality or state of being irrelevant
2 : something irrelevant

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Examples of irrelevance in a Sentence

the irrelevance of the comment brought conversation to a standstill

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Otherwise, they are destined to face the wrath of woke generations who will force this Victorian-era industry into irrelevance. Los Angeles Times, "Readers React: Their families were interned, but Japanese American fighters served proudly," 17 Aug. 2019 Which is why college bowl games and the NIT have been minimized to a point of near-irrelevance over the years. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Atlanta United crushes Orlando City’s dreams — again," 8 Aug. 2019 This dread of irrelevance is worth exploring in greater depth. Jancee Dunn, Dallas News, "Decades after 'Sex and the City,' Candace Bushnell returns to her old stomping grounds," 5 Aug. 2019 How much of this is due to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is open to debate, but pointing to a few cases of noncompliance does not prove its irrelevance. Ian Johnstone, The Conversation, "What is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Here’s why it’s still important," 15 July 2019 When Chris finally gets Billy on the phone, after fighting with corporate lackeys determined to keep him from speaking to the chief, the Dorsey stand-in begins to rail against his increasing irrelevance as a figurehead. Aja Romano, Vox, "“Smithereens” takes aim at the tech dystopia we already live in but has nothing new to say.," 5 June 2019 The Menendez brothers — in their day, nearly as fixated upon as Simpson has been — have receded into appropriate irrelevance in 2019, as have Scott Peterson, Robert Blake, and Casey Anthony. Graham Hillard, National Review, "O. J. Simpson Joins Twitter," 28 June 2019 Emmert might as well dismount from the high horse, hand in his sheriff’s badge and enter the transfer portal to irrelevance. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 Since the last national elections in France, the Socialist Party has been reduced to political irrelevance, with support now standing at about 5 percent. Omar G. Encarnación, The New York Review of Books, "Will Spain Be the Savior of Social Democracy in Europe?," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of irrelevance

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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irrelevance

noun
ir·​rel·​e·​vance | \ i-ˈre-lə-vəns How to pronounce irrelevance (audio) \

Kids Definition of irrelevance

: the quality or state of having no relation or importance to what is being considered

irrelevance

noun
ir·​rel·​e·​vance | \ ir-ˈre-lə-vəns How to pronounce irrelevance (audio) \

Legal Definition of irrelevance

1 : the quality or state of being irrelevant
2 : something that is irrelevant

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