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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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 This offseason could have been much worse for Alabama, which will enter the fall teetering on the edge of irrelevance, but with a roster talented enough to make the NCAA Tournament. Joseph Goodman |,, "How Alabama’s Nate Oats mastered the transfer portal in this new age of the NCAA," 19 June 2019 Add veterans Kihei Clark and Mamadi Diakite, and the Cavs won’t backslide into irrelevance as the defending champs. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "The Hotline’s revised top-25 basketball rankings for 2020 (after NBA Draft and transfer fallout)," 10 June 2019 Her feeling of superiority is a self-undermining defense against her own irrelevance. New York Times, "‘Late Night’ Review: Emma Thompson Takes On the Old Boys of Network TV," 5 June 2019 After decades of baseball irrelevance, Duke is back in the Super Regionals for a second consecutive year, having ambushed the regional hosted by West Virginia on the strength of dominant starts from top arms Ben Gross and Bryce Jarvis. Eric Single,, "Super Regionals Preview: Who's Destined for the College World Series?," 5 June 2019 To do so would doom the Hornets to another five years of irrelevance. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets shouldn’t give Kemba Walker a ‘supermax’ contract. Here’s why.," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of irrelevance

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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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


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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