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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/
Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
a statement containing an illogical conclusion.
Origin of non sequitur
< Latin: it does not follow Unabridged
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  • By parity of non-sequitur, we are, therefore, to surrender the active is building.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • In the first place, the concluding sentence of the quotation is a non-sequitur.

    Social Value B. M. Anderson
  • Gallatins countenance brightened, and he said in a tone of perfect good humor, Thats a non-sequitur.

  • Gallatin's face brightened, and he said in a tone of perfect good-humor, 'That's a non-sequitur.'

  • Was not that a rather desperate effort to sustain an argument by a non-sequitur?

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • A positive conclusion is technically known as a non-sequitur (Doesn't follow).

British Dictionary definitions for non-sequitur

non sequitur

/ˈnɒn ˈsɛkwɪtə/
a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
(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

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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