One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjectivenon-standard
Regardless.‘the photographer always says, irregardless of how his subjects are feeling, ‘Smile!’’
anyway, anyhow, in any case, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, despite everything, in spite of everything, for all that, after everything, no matter what, even so, just the same, all the same, be that as it may, in any event, come what may, rain or shine, come rain or shine, whatever the costView synonyms
- ‘Is the user expected to open the files irregardless of warnings?’
- ‘This bill will give all couples the same legal rights irregardless of their sexual orientation or marital status.’
- ‘Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.’
- ‘And if you do that, then irregardless of who wins, you've done your civic duty.’
- ‘The recommendation is to treat, to ensure patient comfort irregardless of the proper diagnosis being made.’
Irregardless means the same as regardless, but the negative prefix ir- merely duplicates the suffix -less, and is unnecessary. The word dates back to the 19th century, but is regarded as incorrect in standard English
Mid 19th century: probably a blend of irrespective and regardless.
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