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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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  • Whenever a dog was down, it was the way of these brutes to attack him irrespective of whether they were friends or foes.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • It was like a lovely incantation, drawing him irrespective of his will.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They just drift in, irrespective of how the wind is blowing.

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

  • But, irrespective of these considerations, the plain fact of the matter is, that it will not pay to smelt copper expeditiously.

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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