American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Irrelevance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being irrelevant or inapplicable; want of pertinence or connection.
- n. uncountable The quality of being irrelevant or inapplicable; lack of pertinence or connection.
- n. countable A thing that is irrelevant—having no bearing on the subject of discussion.
- n. the lack of a relation of something to the matter at hand
“If the use of the grotesque was a strength of Browning (as Chesterton contends against other critics), so in the case of Thackeray that which some critics have held to be a weakness -- I mean his 'irrelevancy' -- is for our critic a strength.”
“In recent years, the media has buzzed over the NAACP's "irrelevancy" - and even the NAACP itself raised the question over whether it was relevant as a political and social arm just two years ago.”
“Another irrelevancy is the fact that fascists were hated by communists.”
“He is combating the idea of irrelevancy and he has conceded that Europe has succumbed to reason and secularism.”
“The charge that his irrelevancy was a weakness is based on another false but popular premise, that the direct method is always the best.”
“The case was brought before an Ohio judge who was irked by the "irrelevancy" of the case before him.”
“Are we expected to find this kind of irrelevancy and tripe convincing?”
“There is in these stories a curious mixture of humour, insight and pathos, with here and there a dash of grimness and a sprinkling of that charming irrelevancy which is of the essence of true humour.”
“The day following the Court read an opinion which is a model of ambiguous and equivocal statement, but the purport was fairly clear: for the moment the Court would not interfere, and the prosecution was free to proceed as it thought best, with the warning that the Damocles sword of "irrelevancy" was suspended over its head by the barest thread and might fall at any moment.”
“But this is not all; it seems to me that I may point out that your -- I hardly know what word to use: "irrelevancy" does not express my meaning; "inconsequences" is nearer, yet it isn't the word I want -- well, your inconsequences perplex and distract my thoughts.”
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