[ ir-i-spek-tiv ]
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  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

Other words from irrespective

  • ir·re·spec·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use irrespective in a sentence

  • 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
  • The result of this act of cruelty was, of course, to make all weaker, old and new prisoners irrespectively.

    Opium Eating | Anonymous
  • The first question is, I say, how far it may be possible to fix the rate of wages irrespectively of the demand for labour.

  • On his right hand stood his partner and son-in-law Jones, mounted quite irrespectively of expense.

British Dictionary definitions for irrespective


/ (ˌɪrɪˈspɛktɪv) /

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

  1. informal regardless; without due consideration: he carried on with his plan irrespective

Derived forms of irrespective

  • irrespectively, adverb

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