irrelevant

adjective
ir·​rel·​e·​vant | \i-ˈre-lə-vənt \

Definition of irrelevant 

: not relevant : inapplicable that statement is irrelevant to your argument

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Other Words from irrelevant

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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Retaliatory tariffs piled upon tariffs will eventually make those rules irrelevant. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 Bringing all those barrels to market could take up to a year, and render OPEC agreements irrelevant. Mohammed Sergie, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Tweets, Saudis Scramble: Here's How the U.S. Steers OPEC," 1 July 2018 Celebrities and the non-famous have abandoned the platform, and the ephemerality that had made the app popular is no longer a unique selling point, rendering Snapchat irrelevant and useless. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018 But a replay showed that Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza had toe-tapped the ball to Bunbury — rather than a New England pass setting up the goal— making the offside position irrelevant. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC’s seven-match unbeaten streak ends on controversial goal in New England | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 Ahead of the 2019 session, House Republicans have agreed to select a speaker in the caucus and then vote as a bloc on the floor — a move that would make Democrats irrelevant in picking the chamber’s next leader. Patrick Svitek, star-telegram, "Tan Parker is third Republican to file for Texas House Speaker | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Mar. 2018 Huawei currently sells to consumers online, but the lack of carrier deals has made the company basically irrelevant in the US market. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "“Political pressure” reportedly kills Huawei/AT&T smartphone deal," 9 Jan. 2018 The reactions to the Tiger-Phil $10 million match can generally be split into two categories: about 80% expressed excitement, while the other 20% were people talking about how irrelevant this match is and how washed up both Tiger and Phil are. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 What’s striking, in the maybe-romance of these maybe-strangers, is that those questions are pretty much irrelevant to the story itself. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of irrelevant

1786, in the meaning defined above

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irrelevant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irrelevant

: not important or relating to what is being discussed right now : not relevant

irrelevant

adjective
ir·​rel·​e·​vant | \i-ˈre-lə-vənt \

Kids Definition of irrelevant

: having no importance or relation to what is being considered What's that got to do with it? That's irrelevant.

irrelevant

adjective
ir·​rel·​e·​vant | \ir-ˈre-lə-vənt \

Legal Definition of irrelevant 

: not relevant : not applicable or pertinent irrelevant allegations irrelevant evidence — compare immaterial

Other Words from irrelevant

irrelevantly adverb

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