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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The evolving geopolitical climate, including the rise of the Chinese Navy, has made the LCS class largely irrelevant. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Two Years After Breakdown, This Littoral Combat Ship is Back in the Fleet," 18 Dec. 2018 The delicacy of these narratives may have clashed with the gritty realism of the 1970s and the muscular posh of the 1980s, but that was irrelevant to Redford. Marley Marius, Vogue, "An Ode to Robert Redford, on What May Be His Retirement From Acting," 25 Sep. 2018 Oh, and of course, there are the actual artists, like Piers (John Malkovich) and Damrish (Daveed Diggs), who are forced to watch their careers become irrelevant at the promise of a hot new star. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 With the news that Microsoft is moving to the Chromium rendering engine for Edge, all of these comparisons and notifications are about to become irrelevant. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Google’s Chrome browser will get better because of Microsoft," 6 Dec. 2018 An Excel spreadsheet, in the aesthetic economy, is sort of irrelevant. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "David Casavant Is More Than Just an Archivist—Peek Inside His Debut Book," 31 Oct. 2018 When the job was done and a server became irrelevant, the worm would fully erase itself, as Lari tells it. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 Whether men find your hair, skin, size, or shape attractive is totally irrelevant in Rihanna's world. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 There’s also a lot of debate over whether or not Gareth Southgate should rest other key men with the result of this one ultimately irrelevant in terms of qualification to the knockout stages. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: England vs Belgium - Recent Form, Previous Encounter, Predictions & More," 27 June 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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