Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
a statement containing an illogical conclusion: The built environment has to be more presentable than it was in the past, but it's a non sequitur to claim that this must occur at the expense of cultural value.
something said or written that is unrelated to what immediately precedes: Your comment is at best a non sequitur, and bears zero relevance to the issue at point.
an illogical or unconnected shift from one thing to another: The Tibetan prints to the right of the formal portrait—with their religious figures and mandala-like patterns—initially seem like a non sequitur.
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How to use non sequitur in a sentence
He said he was living in a valley in Montana, which seemed a non sequitur in that setting.Faulkner of Oil Country: Rick Bass Talks New Novel | Jane Ciabattari | August 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In a complete non sequitur, Andy Samberg takes on Marky Mark in an SNL skit called “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals.”Franco as Bieber & More Celebrities Impersonating Celebrities (VIDEO) | Anna Klassen | January 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His argument is a total non sequitur: how does Palestinian intransigence justify settlements?
The non-sequitur sum of the movies' parts can be overwhelming.Hollywood's Nonsensical, Multibillion-Dollar Franchise | Chris Lee | May 18, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
It's somewhat of a career non sequitur, going from overseas battlefield to deep inside a hidden bureaucracy.
A strange physiological fancy and a very odd non sequitur; but that is not our present point.Pages From an Old Volume of Life | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
To Fisher's logical mind the proposal that he should apologise was a non sequitur.
By a series of non sequitur arguments the average disputant succeeds admirably in proving what is foreign to the subject.The Arena | Various
You'll pardon my answer, of course, I was merely trying to top your own non sequitur.You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did | David E. Fisher
A positive conclusion is technically known as a Non-Sequitur (Doesn't follow).Logic, Inductive and Deductive | William Minto
British Dictionary definitions for non sequitur
a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
logic a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
- Abbreviation: non seq
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Cultural definitions for non sequitur
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