irrelevant

[ih-rel-uh-vuhnt]
adjective
1.
not relevant; not applicable or pertinent: His lectures often stray to interesting but irrelevant subjects.
2.
Law. (of evidence) having no probative value upon any issue in the case.

Origin:
1780–90

irrelevantly, adverb


The pronunciation of irrelevant [ih-rel-uh-vuhnt] as [ih-rev-uh-luhnt] as if spelled irrevelant, is the result of metathesis, the transposition of two sounds, in this case, the [l] and the [v] Relevant, the base word, is occasionally subject to the same process. Analogy with words like prevalent and equivalent may play a role. A similar reordering of the [l] and [v] consonant sounds, althought not a strict one-to-one metathesis, can be heard for Calvary [kal-vuh-ree] when pronounced [kav-uhl-ree]. Here the transposition is reinforced by the existence of the familiar word cavalry.
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irrelevant (ɪˈrɛləvənt)
 
adj
not relating or pertinent to the matter at hand; not important
 
ir'relevance
 
n
 
ir'relevancy
 
n
 
ir'relevantly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

irrelevant
1786, from ir- (see in-) + (see relevant).
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Example sentences
Set against the backdrop of the known universe, the history of our dear planet
  seems nearly irrelevant.
The remarks made in the article concerning the decorative elements on the two
  figures on the right seem to me to be irrelevant.
Otherwise their irrelevant answers would make them appear half-witted.
The patient is required to relate all his thoughts in the order of their
  sequence even if they seem irrelevant to him.
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