American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being unrelated to a matter being considered.
- n. Something unrelated to a matter being considered.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as irrelevancy.
- n. the lack of a relation of something to the matter at hand
“Looks like NBC's slide into ratings irrelevance is continuing.”
“For the longer that this is the prevailing wisdom inside the party, the better its chances for long-term irrelevance, or perhaps something even more deserving and delightful.”
“Can we assume that irrelevance is more likely to be signaled than relevance?”
“Danny, wrong thread dude, your irrelevance is embarrasing for you.”
“The retreat into irrelevance is visible all across the humanities curriculum.”
“Ironically, however, as Menand also makes clear, the first general education curricula were developed precisely to combat the problem of "irrelevance" - to provide college graduates with some cohesive and coherent shared knowledge that could not be contained within disciplinary boundaries but which would, the idea was, help fit them for post-college life.”
“It doesn't prove that angels and demons do not exist, just their irrelevance. is relevance defined by science now?”
“Whatever comes after that (e.g. if more women occupy secretary positions than men) is irrelevant (of course, the irrelevance is a question of research, for example, there could still be “brainwashing” going on.)”
“By irrelevance we mean the extent to which the advisor is politically unambitious, and avoids basing advice on guessing what the policy maker will do with the advice, what is wanted, or what others are thinking.”
“Tea Party's so-called irrelevance to her generation worried me more.”
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