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[ir-i-spek-tiv] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɛk tɪv/
without regard to something else, especially something specified; ignoring or discounting (usually followed by of):
Irrespective of my wishes, I should go.
Origin of irrespective
First recorded in 1630-40; ir-2 + respective
Related forms
irrespectively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Let us see what constitutes infidelity, irrespective of marriage.

  • They are implacable and deadly foes of all humanity, irrespective of planet or race.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • It was like a lovely incantation, drawing him irrespective of his will.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • I couldn't go on caring about anybody, irrespective of their conduct, just because they were they.

  • Moreover, this rule is irrespective of fraud, and is not confined to evidence.

    The Path of the Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for irrespective


(preposition) irrespective of, without taking account of; regardless of
(informal) regardless; without due consideration: he carried on with his plan irrespective
Derived Forms
irrespectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrespective

1620s (implied in irrespectively), "disrespectful," from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + respective. Meaning "without taking account of (something)" is from 1690s. Main modern use is adverbial ("irrespective of"), attested from 1839.

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