[non sek-wi-ter, -too r; Latin nohn se-kwi-too r]
- Logic. an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises.
- a statement containing an illogical conclusion.
Origin of non sequitur
< Latin: it does not follow
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Examples from the Web for non sequitur
The non-sequitur sum of the movies' parts can be overwhelming.Hollywood's Nonsensical, Multibillion-Dollar Franchise
May 18, 2011
By parity of non-sequitur, we are, therefore, to surrender the active is building.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
In the first place, the concluding sentence of the quotation is a non-sequitur.Social Value
B. M. Anderson
Gallatins countenance brightened, and he said in a tone of perfect good humor, Thats a non-sequitur.The Life of Albert Gallatin
Gallatin's face brightened, and he said in a tone of perfect good-humor, 'That's a non-sequitur.'Jefferson and his Colleagues
Was not that a rather desperate effort to sustain an argument by a non-sequitur?Facts And Fictions Of Life
Helen H. Gardener
- a statement having little or no relevance to what preceded it
- logic a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
Abbreviation: non seq
Latin, literally: it does not follow
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Word Origin and History for non sequitur
Latin, literally "it does not follow."
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