irrespective

[ ir-i-spek-tiv ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈspɛk tɪv /

adjective

without regard to something else, especially something specified; ignoring or discounting (usually followed by of): Irrespective of my wishes, I should go.

Nearby words

  1. irresistible,
  2. irresoluble,
  3. irresolute,
  4. irresolution,
  5. irresolvable,
  6. irrespirable,
  7. irresponsibility,
  8. irresponsible,
  9. irresponsive,
  10. irresuscitable

Origin of irrespective

First recorded in 1630–40; ir-2 + respective

Related formsir·re·spec·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for irrespective

irrespective

/ (ˌɪrɪˈspɛktɪv) /

adjective

irrespective of (preposition) without taking account of; regardless of

adverb

informal regardless; without due considerationhe carried on with his plan irrespective
Derived Formsirrespectively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for irrespective

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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