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[ir-i-spek-tiv] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɛk tɪv/
without regard to something else, especially something specified; ignoring or discounting (usually followed by of):
Irrespective of my wishes, I should go.
Origin of irrespective
1630-40; ir-2 + respective
Related forms
irrespectively, adverb Unabridged
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  • It is a mortal sin to use the tax word irrespective of the cause or worthiness of the need.
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  • We view the ability to eat any food at any time of year, irrespective of its natural season, almost as a birthright.
  • His bad deeds would have occurred irrespective of the vicissitudes of his personal past.
  • The decision to take that cigarette was mine irrespective of what others thought.
  • The next primary election will be open to all voters irrespective of party affiliation.
British Dictionary definitions for irrespective


(preposition) irrespective of, without taking account of; regardless of
(informal) regardless; without due consideration: he carried on with his plan irrespective
Derived Forms
irrespectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrespective

1620s (implied in irrespectively), "disrespectful," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + respective. Meaning "without taking account of (something)" is from 1690s. Main modern use is adverbial ("irrespective of"), attested from 1839.

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