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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.


(ɪˈrɛl ə vəns)

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



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


خُروج عن المَوْضوع
nedůležitostvedlejší věc
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


[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.


, 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


[ɪˈrɛləvəns] nnon pertinenza


(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.
Letterblair must have told her of his coming; but the irrelevance of her next remark made him change his mind.
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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:
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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.
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