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irrelevant

[ ih-rel-uh-vuhnt ]
/ ɪˈrɛl ə vənt /
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adjective
not relevant; not applicable or pertinent: His lectures often stray to interesting but irrelevant subjects.
Law. (of evidence) having no probative value upon any issue in the case.
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Origin of irrelevant

First recorded in 1780–90

how to pronounce irrelevant

The pronunciation of irrelevant [ih-rel-uh-vuhnt], /ɪˈrɛl ə vənt/, as [ih-rev-uh-luhnt], /ɪˈrɛv ə lənt/, as if spelled irrevelant, is the result of metathesis, the transposition of two sounds, in this case, the [l] /l/ and the [v]. /v/. Relevant, the base word, is occasionally subject to the same process. Analogy with words like prevalent and equivalent may play a role. A similar reordering of the [l] /l/ and [v] /v/ consonant sounds, althought not a strict one-to-one metathesis, can be heard for Calvary [kal-vuh-ree] /ˈkæl və ri/ when pronounced [kav-uhl-ree]. /ˈkæv əl ri/. Here the transposition is reinforced by the existence of the familiar word cavalry.

OTHER WORDS FROM irrelevant

ir·rel·e·vant·ly, adverb
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How to use irrelevant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for irrelevant

irrelevant
/ (ɪˈrɛləvənt) /

adjective
not relating or pertinent to the matter at hand; not important

Derived forms of irrelevant

irrelevance or irrelevancy, nounirrelevantly, adverb
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