irrelevance


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ir·rel·e·vance

 (ĭ-rĕl′ə-vəns)
n.
1. The quality or state of being unrelated to a matter being considered.
2. Something unrelated to a matter being considered.

ir•rel•e•vance

(ɪˈrɛl ə vəns)

n.
1. the quality or condition of being irrelevant.
2. an irrelevant thing, act, etc.
[1840–50]

Irrelevance

 

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)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
relevance, relevancy - the relation of something to the matter at hand

irrelevance

irrelevancy
Translations
خُروج عن المَوْضوع
nedůležitostvedlejší věc
irrelevans
nem a tárgyhoz tartozónem odaillőség
óviîkomandi; aukaatriîi
nezávažnosť
ilgisizlikkonu dışı olma

irrelevance

[ɪˈreləvəns] Nirrelevancia f, intrascendencia f
it highlighted the irrelevance of the project to the local communitypuso de relieve lo intrascendente del proyecto para la comunidad local
they dismiss religion as an irrelevancerechazan la religión como algo irrelevante or intrascendente

irrelevance

[ɪˈrɛlɪvəns] n
[remark] → absence m de pertinence
to be an irrelevance (= unimportant) → être dénué de pertinence
The Commonwealth is an irrelevance: we are a Pacific country → Le Commonwealth est un concept dénué de pertinence: nous sommes un pays du Pacifique.

irrelevance

, irrelevancy
nIrrelevanz f no pl; (of details also)Unwesentlichkeit f, → Nebensächlichkeit f; (of titles, individuals)Bedeutungslosigkeit f; his speech was full of irrelevanciesvieles in seiner Rede war irrelevant or nebensächlich or unwesentlich; it’s become something of an irrelevancees ist ziemlich irrelevant geworden; she dismissed his opinions as an irrelevancesie tat seine Ansichten als irrelevant or belanglos ab

irrelevance

[ɪˈrɛləvəns] nnon pertinenza

irrelevant

(iˈrelivənt) adjective
not connected with the subject that is being discussed etc. irrelevant comments.
irˈrelevantly adverb
irˈrelevance noun
irˈrelevancy noun
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It was striking of the children, at all events, to kiss me inveterately with a kind of wild irrelevance and never to fail--one or the other-- of the precious question that had helped us through many a peril.
He was recalled from his irrelevance by the voice of Juliet Bray, which rang out with an altogether new note of decision:
Then he added, with some irrelevance, "That's why he wears a wig.
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That he should be regarded as a suitor to herself would have seemed to her a ridiculous irrelevance.
I wonder," she remarked with apparent irrelevance, "whether he dances.
The apparent irrelevance of this statement made me weep still louder, the bitter tears of insulted sorrow; but he stuck to his point, and harangued me from the path, explaining the connection between north walls and tulips and blood and stones till my tears all dried up again and I listened attentively, for the conclusion to be drawn from his remarks was plainly that I had been shamefully taken in by the head gardener, who was an unprincipled person thenceforward to be for ever mistrusted and shunned.
At last he said, "Pray excuse my apparent irrelevance, my good sir, but I should like to ask you a question in experimental psychology and the association of ideas.
she questioned, with a suddenness and irrelevance as disconcerting as his first words had been.
A Wednesday side featuring 10 changes to the one which started Saturday's 3-2 victory over Fulham secured a famous 1-0 victory at St James' Park with the Magpies, who have publicly reversed their recent policy of dismissing the domestic cup competitions as an irrelevance, turning in another dreadful display.
When BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe asked the 53-year-old musician whether it was difficult to stay important to the public, he admitted that the band is on the verge of irrelevance, the Mirror reported.