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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To Ivania, the fact that El Paso was the site of a mass shooting apparently targeting Latinos is mostly irrelevant. Los Angeles Times, "Migrants say El Paso shooting won’t deter them from seeking new lives in the U.S.," 6 Aug. 2019 The processor is a bit slower than the flagship model but – again – the difference is essentially irrelevant. Larry Magid, The Mercury News, "Magid: There are good reasons expensive phones aren’t selling," 2 Aug. 2019 In sum, if Trump continues the good times, his tweets are irrelevant. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Economy, Father of Us All," 23 July 2019 Less clear is whether Samsung's own Exynos 9825 processor (which will power the non-US models) supports the next-generation RAM, but that's irrelevant. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung's next-gen RAM will make your phone way faster, but the Galaxy Note 10 won't get it," 18 July 2019 With a rematch expected this fall, the question of whether Ruiz can repeat the magic is almost irrelevant. Lz Granderson, latimes.com, "Sports is the ultimate David vs. Goliath, and Andy Ruiz’s win is why we all still watch," 5 June 2019 For parents who struggle to find affordable summer child care, however, debates about what activities best support learning may be irrelevant. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Want to prevent summer learning loss in your kids? Don’t forget to include fun, experts say.," 8 July 2019 The budget’s bipartisan support in itself is notable — Democrats for years have been irrelevant in Columbus, and partisan divides were steep under former Gov. John Kasich’s tenure. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio Senate unanimously passes budget plan, setting up negotiations with House," 20 June 2019 Civil liberties attorney Sandra Slaton said Monday the prior case was irrelevant. CBS News, "Community meeting over Phoenix cops' confrontation with black couple gets heated," 19 June 2019

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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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