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
Recent Examples on the Web There is no hierarchy of importance in a pandemic, no case to render others irrelevant, but Posey’s announcement resonates like thunder in a sport desperate to keep its public-relations spin afloat. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "As Buster Posey’s decision ripples across baseball, will more stars opt out?," 10 July 2020 That didn’t mean your job in the hospital was irrelevant. Eric Boodman, STAT, "In the Covid-19 death of a hospital food worker, a microcosm of the pandemic," 30 June 2020 Intent and negligence are irrelevant, according to Jennifer Mason McAward, associate law professor at University of Notre Dame. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Mike Braun debates Tucker Carlson on police reform. Here's what you missed.," 30 June 2020 Tilma saw these violations as irrelevant to her ability to care for children in a safe and loving way. Lillian Mongeau, USA TODAY, "High-quality daycare is too expensive. Government subsidies are making it worse.," 28 June 2020 That opinion may now be irrelevant: on June 24th, a panel of three federal appellate judges—in an opinion written by Neomi Rao, whom Mr Trump appointed to the bench—ordered the lower court judge to dismiss the charges against Mr Flynn. The Economist, "Independent? Variable Has America’s Department of Justice been politicised?," 24 June 2020 If cultural stories about deep reservoirs of social trust didn't seem to offer much hope for the worsening American situation, these technological approaches promised, in contrast, that unruly civilian behavior could be rendered irrelevant. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 At which moment in time a scientist made a calculation is irrelevant for the model’s relation to nature. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The Truth about Scientific Models," 18 June 2020 Karen is a nickname that has been circulating online for white women who have made headlines for calling the police about unfounded or irrelevant issues typically involving black people. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Georgia cop gets nickname ‘Officer Karen’ after crying over her botched McDonald’s order in viral video," 17 June 2020

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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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22 Jul 2020

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“Irrelevant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrelevant. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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irrelevant

adjective
How to pronounce irrelevant (audio)

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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