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irrespective

[ir-i-spek-tiv] /ˌɪr ɪˈspɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
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
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; ir-2 + respective
Related forms
irrespectively, adverb
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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

irrespective

/ˌɪrɪˈspɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
(preposition) irrespective of, without taking account of; regardless of
adverb
2.
(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
adj.

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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