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irrelevance

[ih-rel-uh-vuh ns] /ɪˈrɛl ə vəns/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being irrelevant.
2.
an irrelevant thing, act, etc.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; ir-2 + relevance
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Examples for irrelevance
  • Many instructors have reviews that note disorganization, rudeness, or irrelevance.
  • Modern philosophy appears to be sinking ever deeper into its navel-gazing irrelevance.
  • The retreat into irrelevance is visible all across the humanities curriculum.
  • Apparently these readers missed that the irrelevance of pigs' sentience is the whole point.
  • At that moment, the shades of mortality and irrelevance seemed to be drawing over the civil-rights generation.
  • It's ignorance combined with cynical politics and irrelevance.
  • Evolution is a theory of indifference, unimportance and irrelevance.
  • But increasing irrelevance isn't an enviable position, either.
  • The evening news will continue long, slow slide into still-profitable irrelevance.
  • His career illustrated, it seemed, the irrelevance of a poet's private life to his work.
Word Origin and History for irrelevance
n.

1735, from irrelevant + -ance. Earlier in the same sense was irrelevancy (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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