irrelevant

adjective
ir·​rel·​e·​vant | \ i-ˈre-lə-vənt How to pronounce irrelevant (audio) \

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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That’s not to say that Facebook was irrelevant to the protests. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 President Bush was irrelevant to the indictment but faced an unendurable weekend of hostile press. C. Boyden Gray, WSJ, "Bush’s Proud Domestic Legacy," 4 Dec. 2018 But the Trump administration can’t even admit publicly that Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall, much less admit that the whole wall concept is essentially irrelevant to their immigration policy goals. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 Aquarius — the last air sign of the zodiac — reminds us that while hard work is important, without an audience, our efforts are totally irrelevant. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 But that's not the same as saying this work is completely irrelevant. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why Curie’s no Einstein: A subtle gender bias in science," 29 June 2018 The consequences can range from irrelevant to fatal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?," 26 Sep. 2018 Yet McDougal’s and Daniels’s stories are not irrelevant. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Do Trump's alleged affairs even matter?," 17 Feb. 2018 Pointing out that this is Black History Month isn’t irrelevant, as many critics claimed, some even calling Davis racist. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Appreciate Shani Davis for his complexity and authenticity — not his controversy," 12 Feb. 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 How to pronounce irrelevant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce irrelevant (audio) \

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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