irrelevantly

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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irrelevant
1786, from ir- (see in-) + (see relevant).
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