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
Recent Examples on the Web The new rules, announced September 9, confirm what film buffs already know: The Oscars have been trending toward progressive mania and general irrelevance. Armond White, National Review, "Our Sovietized Oscars," 11 Sep. 2020 This tower of babbling is entertaining in its Trumpian way, but his economic point was washed away like an irrelevance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Trump Comeback?," 8 Sep. 2020 After World War II, new antibiotics dispelled the deadliness of tuberculosis, and open-air schools faded into irrelevance. Daniela Blei, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Tuberculosis Struck the World, Schools Went Outside," 1 Sep. 2020 But there’s little disagreement over the facts, which have pushed the word toward irrelevance regarding the Russia probes. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: ‘Collusion’ dispute is a distraction in Russia election probe," 23 Aug. 2020 From Knoxville to Tuscaloosa and Tallahassee, entire states will simply die of boredom or irrelevance. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Do you believe in magic? The SEC and ACC must believe in magic.," 12 Aug. 2020 Having rapidly ascended from seeming irrelevance to surging media attention and organizing in just a few years, many democratic socialists convinced themselves that their moment had come. Robert P. Saldin, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame Never Trumpers for the Left’s Defeat," 7 Aug. 2020 In the conduct of schools, the majority principle is an obvious irrelevance. Walter Lippmann, Harper's Magazine, "Fifty-One Percent," 27 Apr. 2020 The result of all this was four generations of irrelevance in the flagship market. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Motorola launches the Edge+, a $1,000 flagship smartphone," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of irrelevance

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Irrelevance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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