non sequitur


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non se·qui·tur

 (nŏn sĕk′wĭ-tər, -to͝or′)
n.
1. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence.
2. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it.

[Latin nōn sequitur, it does not follow : nōn, not + sequitur, third person sing. present tense of sequī, to follow.]

non sequitur

(ˈnɒn ˈsɛkwɪtə)
n
1. a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
2. (Logic) logic a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
Abbreviation: non seq
[Latin, literally: it does not follow]

non se•qui•tur

(nɒn ˈsɛk wɪ tər, -ˌtʊər)
n.
1. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
2. a comment that is unrelated to a preceding one.
[1540–50; < Latin: it does not follow]

non sequitur

A Latin phrase meaning it does not follow, used to mean something that does not follow logically from what has already been stated .
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.non sequitur - a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
reply, response - the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
2.non sequitur - (logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
conclusion - an intuitive assumption; "jump to a conclusion"
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference
Translations
johtopäätösväärä

non sequitur

[ˌnɒnˈsekwitəʳ] Nincongruencia f, falta f de lógica
it's a non sequitures una incongruencia

non sequitur

nunlogische (Schluss)folgerung

non sequitur

[ˌnɒnˈsɛkwɪtəʳ] n it is a non sequiturè illogico
References in classic literature ?
Alfred scolds me, every time we meet; and he has the better of me, I grant,--for he really does something; his life is a logical result of his opinions and mine is a contemptible non sequitur.
Woloski teeters and bumbles his way through the role of Doober like a bumper car gone wild, delivering his non sequiturs with masterful timing.
And this is why I say that the point is not that China's goals for the 2008 Olympics and its labor practices and advantages are misaligned, they are simply a non sequitur.
I like to think of the whole thing as a living, breathing non sequitur.
It's interesting that the words following this incendiary phrase are a religious incantation and a complete non sequitur, as if he had to stop right then and there to avoid saying what was now on everyone's mind, namely: selective abortion, genetic engineering, any means that's appropriate.
Although the subject article ("The American Voter," November 2006) contains important data about who is and who is not voting, it goes over board, into the depths of non sequitur, in the paragraph titled "Reasons for Not Voting.
Here is the non sequitur that leaps off the page: "Iran's Hezbollah terrorist proxies have turned Lebanon into an inferno.
Another non sequitur connects the paraphrased Mahanian quotation "that the knowledge sufficient to run and care for [space systems] can be acquired by men of very little [technical] education is a matter of daily experience" (67) with current space operations, apparently suggesting that very little expertise is required to sustain on-orbit space systems.
Though it ran on limited budget--something of a non sequitur as yearly F1 budgets often run in the hundreds of millions of dollars--the Sauber team finished eighth overall last season, and-ironically-was the team that brought Mercedes into Formula One in the early 1990s after a successful partnership in sports car racing.