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non sequitur

[ non -sek-wi-ter, -toor; Latin nohn -se-kwi-toor ]
/ nɒn ˈsɛk wɪ tər, -ˌtʊər; Latin noʊn ˈsɛ kwɪˌtʊər /
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noun

Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
a statement containing an illogical conclusion.

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Origin of non sequitur

<Latin: it does not follow
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British Dictionary definitions for non sequitur

non sequitur
/ (ˈnɒn ˈsɛkwɪtə) /

noun

a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
logic a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
Abbreviation: non seq

Word Origin for non sequitur

Latin, literally: it does not follow
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Cultural definitions for non sequitur

non sequitur
[ (non sek-wuh-tuhr) ]

A thought that does not logically follow what has just been said: “We had been discussing plumbing, so her remark about astrology was a real non sequitur.” Non sequitur is Latin for “It does not follow.”

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