Definition of irrelevance in English:

irrelevance

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The quality or state of being irrelevant.

    ‘the document was withheld on grounds of irrelevance’
    • ‘An even deeper problem than the perceived illegitimacy of privatization was its frequent irrelevance.’
    • ‘Today this scholarship is threatened with dogmatism and, consequently, political irrelevance.’
    • ‘Like the United Nations, it will simply wither of its own irrelevance.’
    • ‘The irrelevance of modern Marxism was brought home to me at the biggest meeting I attended.’
    • ‘Particularly among young Americans, continuing the ban will put marriage on the road to cultural irrelevance.’
    • ‘Without a healthy market to give the photographer clear direction, even the best work risks descending into a spiral of irrelevance.’
    • ‘It could make the difference between leading the world to better health or retreating into irrelevance.’
    • ‘And irrelevance, ultimately, will be the policy's undoing.’
    • ‘Consequently, they have been enabled to push back against their growing irrelevance, increasing their role in global finance.’
    • ‘Of course, the main problem with Health Studies, apart from the hectoring personality of our teacher, was its irrelevance.’
    • ‘Any other course risks a slow descent into irrelevance.’
    • ‘This article on the state of professional ministry is not an argument for the irrelevance of a newly constricted profession.’
    • ‘It also helped contribute to the growing irrelevance of the evening network newscasts.’
    • ‘She says Moscow is headed on a path to isolation and irrelevance because of its authoritarian policies.’
    • ‘Claims are made about the total irrelevance of humanism to the secularisation process.’
    • ‘The use of it merely reminds its users of the irrelevance of their discourse.’
    • ‘Practical approaches were also apparently undermined by the foreignness of apparatus and irrelevance of curricula in rural settings.’
    • ‘Our core alliances, therefore, must evolve to meet the demands of this new era or they risk falling into irrelevance.’
    • ‘Any book on any subject risks irrelevance or smallness compared to this behemoth.’
    • ‘The art historians are accused of irrelevance; the curators are accused of dumbing down.’
    inapplicability, unconnectedness, unrelatedness, peripherality, extraneousness
    inappropriateness, inappositeness, inaptness
    unimportance, inconsequentiality, insignificance
    impertinence
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A person or thing that is irrelevant.
      ‘he regarded religion as an irrelevance’
      • ‘For most Indians, religion is very much a part of their everyday lives, and the question of atheism an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The trade unions are a massive irrelevance.’
      • ‘The fact that the book is not especially well written or in any way plausible has almost become a trifling irrelevance.’
      • ‘However, Liberal Democrat support among this demographic may well prove to be an irrelevance in the coming General Election.’
      • ‘The sales figures of any particular vintage are almost an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The days of the civilised embassy building are over (at least for certain nations) and architectural quality is an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The first was that the question of the lung function tests seemed to be an irrelevance where the injury was psychiatric.’
      • ‘Personal pride in the quality of the work you did became a sentimental irrelevance.’
      • ‘But, on his account, the availability of a court was an irrelevance.’
      • ‘Then, for a while, people sniggered at us and called us an irrelevance.’
      • ‘Was the Senate an irrelevance in the governance of the empire?’
      • ‘Certainly, if she is looking for the modern threat to Scottish Protestantism, the Catholic Church is an irrelevance.’
      • ‘In such an atmosphere, the idea of legal safeguards for people accused of abuse becomes almost an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The rest of the test was something of an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The Tories, however, have moved swiftly from being an irrelevance to becoming strangely fascinating.’
      • ‘But you don't take the time and space in a mass-circulation paper to repeatedly bash an irrelevance.’
      • ‘Investors almost ignored the figures as an irrelevance.’
      • ‘But this was, after all, the late 20th century and the rather antiquated British blasphemy laws were something of an irrelevance.’
      • ‘The young girl and the man of God between them manage the transformation of the Syrian commander, with the Israelite king as a narrative irrelevance.’
      • ‘The views of British rabbis, however, are an irrelevance in Israel.’

Pronunciation:

irrelevance

/ɪˈrɛlɪv(ə)ns/