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 But the end of the Soviet planned economy condemned it to economic irrelevance. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 In France and the Netherlands, among other nations, traditional social democratic factions that had long been mainstays in national political life had shrunk into irrelevance. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 For those who are already on the journey toward a healthier and fairer way of working, the fear can be of irrelevance. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The format and the broadcast had drifted so close to irrelevance for years. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2021 Today, as baseball once more confronts irrelevance, Gordon’s eyes are on tweaking the game, rather than overhauling it. Ari David Blaff, National Review, 11 July 2021 Western art and artists flirt with irrelevance when existing primarily in the rearview mirror. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Criticism isn’t a killer for a major event, irrelevance is. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Black Lives Matter activism presented them with a different, subtler threat: total irrelevance. New York Times, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of irrelevance

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2021

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“Irrelevance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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