ir·​rel·​e·​vant i-ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce irrelevant (audio)
: not relevant : inapplicable
that statement is irrelevant to your argument
irrelevantly adverb

Examples of irrelevant in a Sentence

His comment is completely irrelevant. irrelevant questions that merely disrupted the classroom lesson
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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irrelevant was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Irrelevant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ir·​rel·​e·​vant (ˈ)ir-ˈ(r)el-ə-vənt How to pronounce irrelevant (audio)
: not relevant : not applicable or pertinent
the evidence presented was judged irrelevant to the case
or irrelevancy
irrelevantly adverb

Legal Definition


ir·​rel·​e·​vant ir-ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce irrelevant (audio)
: not relevant : not applicable or pertinent
irrelevant allegations
irrelevant evidence
compare immaterial
irrelevantly adverb

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