from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence.
- n. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.
- n. Any invalid argument in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises; a logical fallacy.
- n. A statement that does not logically follow a statement that came before it.
- n. A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener’s expectation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An inference which does not follow from the premises.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law or logic, an inference or a conclusion which does not follow from the premises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
- n. (logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
That was such a complete non sequitur that Keisha could only look stupidly at her.
This pertains to the spurious allegations Duane Lindenaur made against me and the non sequitur of my happening to be in a cocktail lounge frequented by certain not respectable people when a police raid occurred.
I smiled vacuously at this non sequitur and held out my hand again for the key.
* 'Cum Clericus sic de crimine convictus degradetur, non sequitur aliapoe-na pro uno delicto, vel pluribus ante degradationem perpetratis.