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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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 Civil liberties attorney Sandra Slaton said Monday the prior case was irrelevant. NBC News, "Phoenix police chief promises change after officers pulled guns over stolen doll," 19 June 2019 But a lawyer for the family says any shoplifting accusations are irrelevant. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Phoenix police release footage of family in dollar store preceding incident seen in viral video," 18 June 2019 If every person of color left this room and didn’t come back, this room would be irrelevant. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, "The Strange Story of a Secret Literary Fellowship," 16 June 2019 Attorney John Burris told the news site, adding that to him the report was irrelevant. Essence, "Independent Report Claims Officers Acted Reasonably When They Shot At California Rapper 55 Times In 3.5 Seconds," 14 June 2019 The absence of a plot or any discernible entertainment value is irrelevant. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "YouTube Has Kid Troubles Because Kids Are a Core Audience," 6 June 2019

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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

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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