irrespective

[ir-i-spek-tiv]
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

First recorded in 1630–40; ir-2 + respective
Related formsir·re·spec·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for irrespectively

Historical Examples of irrespectively

  • This seems to show how potent are the conditions of life, irrespectively of the variations being in any way beneficial.

  • And then individually to himself, Kenelm, irrespectively of the Three Fishes,—what a humiliation!

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • If I profit on the transaction of buying 1000 quarters of wheat for gold, I do so irrespectively of all other exchanges by others.

  • Irrespectively of the evidence in this case you would not have thought him to be a man likely to commit such a crime?

    Phineas Redux

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for irrespectively

irrespective

adjective
  1. irrespective of (preposition) without taking account of; regardless of
adverb
  1. informal regardless; without due considerationhe carried on with his plan irrespective
Derived Formsirrespectively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for irrespectively

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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