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adv. Nonstandard

[Probably blend of irrespective (of) and regardless.]
Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many people mistakenly believe to be correct in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. The word was coined in the United States in the early 1900s, presumably from a blend of irrespective and regardless. Many critics have complained that it is a redundancy, the negative prefix ir- duplicating the negativity of the -less suffix. Perhaps its reputation as a blend of ill-fitting parts has caused some to insist that it is a "nonword," a charge they would not think of leveling at a nonstandard word with a longer history, such as ain't. Since people use irregardless, it is undoubtedly a word in the broader sense of the language, but it has never been accepted in Standard English and is virtually always changed by copyeditors to regardless. The Usage Panel has roundly disapproved of its use since polling began; in 2012, 90 percent found the sentence A scientist investigating a social issue should seek to find out the truth, irregardless of its political implications to be unacceptable.




(ˌɪr ɪˈgɑrd lɪs)

adv. Nonstandard.
[1910–15; ir-2 (probably after irrespective) + regardless]
usage: irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. Those who use the word, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.irregardless - regardless; a combination of irrespective and regardless sometimes used humorously
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech


[ɪrɪˈgɑːdlɪs] ADV (US) (incorrect usage) → de cualquier modo
irregardless of what he saysa pesar de lo que él diga
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