non sequitur

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. non pros.,
  2. non prosequitur,
  3. non rep.,
  4. non repetatur,
  5. non seq.,
  6. non troppo,
  7. non-,
  8. non-a hepatitis,
  9. non-a, non-b hepatitis,
  10. non-aggression

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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Word Origin and History for non sequitur

non sequitur

Latin, literally "it does not follow."

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Culture 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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