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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After that, Facebook decided building aircraft was too difficult — and irrelevant, with so many other companies developing autonomous Wi-Fi hotspots. Troy Farah, Discover Magazine, "The Web, Worldwide," 19 Oct. 2018 The core problem is still Qualcomm's obsolete hardware Whether this new Wear OS update is good or not is kind of irrelevant, since there isn't any good Wear OS hardware to run it on. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Review: Google’s Wear OS 2.0 can’t fix its obsolete smartwatch hardware," 28 Sep. 2018 Trump's provocations are irrelevant, and more people are just not interested in them, especially people under 40. Author: Felicia Sonmez, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Feud over civility in politics escalates amid Trump insults," 26 June 2018 Safe to say, the HathaHate is irrelevant, and the HathaHeyday reigns. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "How Anne Hathaway Harnessed Her Rage Into Sweet Success," 29 May 2018 First, Bolton demanded that Kim adopt the (totally irrelevant) Libya model, whereby, in 2004, the United States closed down Moammar Gadhafi’s small nuclear program (which had produced no weapons). Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "North Korea meeting canceled thanks to Trump team's bluster | Trudy Rubin," 24 May 2018 Its success suggests that the old guard may be increasingly irrelevant, along with its rules. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Butterflies float, honeybees sting; YouTube poetry is an actual thing," 7 May 2018 Legislators then could evaluate what appears to be redundant or irrelevant, and eventually repeal. Megan Cassidy, azcentral, "More than ⅓ of Arizona's felony laws never used, report says. Is it time for a cleanup?," 7 Mar. 2018 The fact that your data is not disclosed in an Excel spreadsheet but through a click on a targeted ad is irrelevant. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 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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