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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And for those who do, there’s a very particular pleasure in feeling seen, in feeling known, in feeling for a fleeting moment that the experiences and joys of your youth have not passed forever beyond the veil of irrelevance. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "The latest bizarre Simpsons meme is about downloading songs on Limewire," 19 Oct. 2018 DC United, in dire need winning and some caché after years of irrelevance and a new stadium coming, are reportedly close to acquiring the services of one Wayne Rooney, former England, Manchester United and Everton captain. Juan Pimiento,, "Chicago Fire bounce back, Spurs find European relief and the best of the week in soccer," 10 May 2018 Now, however, that tradition feels consigned to irrelevance, even as the Christian nationalist tradition that has informed so much of evangelical thought continues to become more and more influential. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why this shrinking religious group might be among America’s last “swing voters”," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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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