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[ih-rel-uh-vuh ns] /ɪˈrɛl ə vəns/
the quality or condition of being irrelevant.
an irrelevant thing, act, etc.
Origin of irrelevance
1840-50; ir-2 + relevance; see relevant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Theo glanced up in surprise at the irrelevance of the inquiry.

    The Story of Porcelain Sara Ware Bassett
  • The irrelevance of opponents was illustrated by Senators Morse and Pierce.

  • There is another subject I would fain touch on here, at the risk even of irrelevance; it refers to the Soho style of coiffure.

  • This seemed to strike him as conclusive proof of her irrelevance.

    Sanctuary Edith Wharton
  • I heard them, subconsciously, to dismiss them; for everything was irrelevance that wasn't Eric.

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
Word Origin and History for irrelevance

1735, from irrelevant + -ance. Earlier in the same sense was irrelevancy (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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