irrelevance

noun

ir·​rel·​e·​vance i-ˈre-lə-vən(t)s How to pronounce irrelevance (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being irrelevant
2
: something irrelevant

Examples of irrelevance in a Sentence

the irrelevance of the comment brought conversation to a standstill
Recent Examples on the Web The centrist Liberal Democrats vaulted out of electoral irrelevance to become the third-largest party in the Commons. Yasmeen Serhan, TIME, 5 July 2024 To do otherwise is to continue to be complicit in its own increasing irrelevance. Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 Doing so might dilute Washington’s voice but would also earn it more support from the global South and prevent the council from sliding into irrelevance. Tanisha M. Fazal, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 Mitchell McKinney, a professor of communication at the University of Akron who has advised on previous presidential debates, said the timing also reflects the growing irrelevance of national conventions. The Arizona Republic, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for irrelevance 

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of irrelevance was in 1843

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“Irrelevance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrelevance. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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irrelevance

noun
ir·​rel·​e·​vance ir-ˈre-lə-vəns How to pronounce irrelevance (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being irrelevant
2
: something that is irrelevant

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