ir·rel·e·vance | \i-ˈre-lə-vən(t)s \

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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This omnipotence was to have insulated Mr. Celler from his own irrelevance. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Before Ocasio-Cortez, the Elizabeth Holtzman Effect," 5 July 2018 This, after all, is a company that looked to be on the verge of extinction — or at least irrelevance — in 2003. Scott Kirsner,, "How Boston software maker PTC came back from the brink," 16 June 2018 Aides released a photo of him pacing the corridors in a bathrobe, a visual reminder of his doddering irrelevance. The Economist, "The leader of Hamas in Gaza is the most influential man in Palestine," 26 May 2018 Cannes has long been the world's most important and prestigious film festival, but this year the doubters have come out to proclaim its irrelevance., "Today: Out of the Deal," 9 May 2018 But the irrelevance of wins has never been more telling than when broaching the subject of Colon surpassing Marichal. John Shea,, "Celebrating Juan Marichal, who fell below Bartolo Colon in career wins," 22 June 2018 But as Chileans await his arrival on January 15th for a three-day visit, followed by two days in Peru, the preparations have highlighted the increasing irrelevance of the Catholic church to many Chileans. The Economist, "In search of lost sheepChileans will be a tough crowd for Pope Francis," 11 Jan. 2018 Could become a really top midfielder, or could fade into potential irrelevance., "Liverpool Fans React in Shock to Player's Eye-Watering New Wage Packet," 22 June 2018 The tough part is admitting that this may only be happening because Cousins is teetering on the edge of irrelevance. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Boogie Cousins Heads for the Bay," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of irrelevance

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ir·rel·e·vance | \i-ˈre-lə-vəns \

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 \

Legal Definition of irrelevance 

1 : the quality or state of being irrelevant

2 : something that is irrelevant

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