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ir•rel•e•vance(ɪˈrɛl ə vəns)
beside the cushion Irrelevant, beside the point; wrong. This obsolete expression dating from the 1500s is synonymous with beside the mark. Both expressions are thought to derive from archery. An idea or comment which misses the point or is “beside the cushion” is like an arrow which misses the target (cushion) entirely.
He rangeth abroad to original sin altogether besides the cushion. (James Bell, Walter Haddon Against Osorius, 1581)
beside the mark Irrelevant, not to the point, inapplicable; off base, off target. This expression is thought to derive from the unsuccessful attempt of an archer to hit the “mark” or target. Beside the mark appeared in print by the 1600s. Miss the mark, a verbal expression meaning ‘to be irrelevant or far-fetched,’ appeared in a slightly different form as early as the 14th century.
But now has Sir David missed of his marks. (Laurence Minot, Poems, 1352)
|Noun||1.||irrelevance - the lack of a relation of something to the matter at hand|
unconnectedness - the lack of a connection between things
inapplicability - irrelevance by virtue of being inapplicable to the matter at hand
immateriality - complete irrelevance requiring no further consideration
irrelevance[ɪˈreləvəns] N → irrelevancia f, intrascendencia f
it highlighted the irrelevance of the project to the local community → puso de relieve lo intrascendente del proyecto para la comunidad local
they dismiss religion as an irrelevance → rechazan la religión como algo irrelevante or intrascendente