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irrelevance

[ih-rel-uh-vuh ns] /ɪˈrɛl ə vəns/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being irrelevant.
2.
an irrelevant thing, act, etc.
Origin of irrelevance
1840-1850
1840-50; ir-2 + relevance; see relevant
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n.

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

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