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1. The quality or state of being unrelated to a matter being considered.
2. Something unrelated to a matter being considered.
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(ɪˈrɛl ə vəns)

1. the quality or condition of being irrelevant.
2. an irrelevant thing, act, etc.
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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)

Picturesque Expressions: A Thematic Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1980 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
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خُروج عن المَوْضوع
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nem a tárgyhoz tartozónem odaillőség
óviîkomandi; aukaatriîi
ilgisizlikkonu dışı olma


[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
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[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.
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, 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
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[ɪˈrɛləvəns] nnon pertinenza
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(iˈrelivənt) adjective
not connected with the subject that is being discussed etc. irrelevant comments.
irˈrelevantly adverb
irˈrelevance noun
irˈrelevancy noun
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Letterblair must have told her of his coming; but the irrelevance of her next remark made him change his mind.
That he should be regarded as a suitor to herself would have seemed to her a ridiculous irrelevance. Dorothea, with all her eagerness to know the truths of life, retained very childlike ideas about marriage.
"I wonder," she remarked with apparent irrelevance, "whether he dances."
"He seems really to believe," answered the priest called Brown, "that they have left a curse on him." Then he added, with some irrelevance, "That's why he wears a wig."
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.
"How old are you, Billy?" she questioned, with a suddenness and irrelevance as disconcerting as his first words had been.
He was recalled from his irrelevance by the voice of Juliet Bray, which rang out with an altogether new note of decision:
It was often hard work, but nevertheless this hiring was a fairly steady source of profit, until one day all the panes in the window and door were broken and the stock on sale in the window greatly damaged and disordered bv two over-critical hirers with no sense of rhetorical irrelevance. They were big, coarse stokers from Gravesend.
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."
This is not disengaged scholarship, and Bartov's essays are informed throughout by his conviction that "if historians, as intellectuals, concede their moral neutrality, then they will finally concede their intellectual, political, and moral irrelevance"; he has only harsh words for "proponents of relativism and indeterminacy" who lack "a commitment to truth and morality." (p.
To judge from the irrelevance of the Straussians and other conservative intellectuals to the actual agenda of the Republican party, he was wrong.