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
It is a completely incongruous non sequitur to everything that had transpired before.My life was upended for 35 years by a cancer diagnosis. A doctor just told me I was misdiagnosed. | Jeff Henigson | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s a bizarre non sequitur that feels like Parks flipped through a quote book and sprinkled in a down-homey proverb as an attempt at character development.New Aretha bioseries dramatizes singer’s turbulent life | Joey DiGuglielmo | March 19, 2021 | Washington Blade
The sequence is a quiet, meditative and ominous non sequitur about the tragedy of humanity’s longing for meaning or direction.
There are many talented young winemakers in Champagne approaching their work with an eye toward natural winemaking, although some have argued that the very concept of “natural Champagne” is something of a non sequitur.
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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