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

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
Recent Examples on the Web That sort of consolation is irrelevant when the paychecks start occurring. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 13 June 2022 Republican extremism and obstructionism are irrelevant, as are the structural and procedural laws of the federal government. David Masciotra, CNN, 11 June 2022 The suggestion that political opponents were capitalizing on the scandal to bring down the president was irrelevant, said Tony Yengeni, a top A.N.C. official who is part of an anti-Ramaphosa faction. New York Times, 10 June 2022 The result of the bet is irrelevant, as this bonus will convey win or lose. Xl Media, cleveland, 8 June 2022 The question of Nathuram Godse’s real identity is, in a sense, irrelevant. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 2 June 2022 Essential Strategy: Revisit your cultural values and use them as the basis to design location-irrelevant team building experiences using virtual tools. Laurel Farrer, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The national federal poverty level for a family of two people may be $17,420, but that’s practically irrelevant in the Bay Area. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Dec. 2021 Indeed, researchers have found that people tend to remember task-relevant details and to forget task-irrelevant details. Robert Jacobs, The Conversation, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of irrelevant

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irrelevant was in 1786

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“Irrelevant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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.


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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