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non sequitur

[non sek-wi-ter, -too r; Latin nohn se-kwi-too r] /nɒn ˈsɛk wɪ tər, -ˌtʊər; Latin noʊn ˈsɛ kwɪˌtʊər/
noun
1.
Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
2.
a statement containing an illogical conclusion.
Origin
< Latin: it does not follow
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British Dictionary definitions for non sequitur

non sequitur

/ˈnɒn ˈsɛkwɪtə/
noun
1.
a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
2.
(logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
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Word Origin
Latin, literally: it does not follow
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Word Origin and History for non sequitur

Latin, literally "it does not follow."

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non sequitur in Culture
non sequitur [(non sek-wuh-tuhr)]

A thought that does not logically follow what has just been said: “We had been discussing plumbing, so her remark about astrology was a real non sequitur.” Non sequitur is Latin for “It does not follow.”

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