A conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.
- ‘This non sequitur is even harder to sustain when considering the Asian minority, a minority that has had its own historical hardships.’
- ‘The Court's reasoning therefore has the feeling of a non sequitur.’
- ‘‘I am six,’ Chi Chi answered in a brilliant non sequitur.’
- ‘This part of his argument is simply a non sequitur.’
- ‘The reason this inference amounts to a logical fallacy is that it is just a blatant non sequitur.’
- ‘In a stunning non sequitur, he then proposes a set of reforms aimed at raising the absolute position of unskilled workers, such as a higher minimum wage.’
- ‘Second, this prediction of what we should find is a non sequitur.’
- ‘Marie, understanding my non sequitur answered me in a calming voice.’
- ‘This is also why his final argument is a complete non sequitur.’
- ‘The second half of this sentence is, of course, a total non sequitur.’
- ‘Does his argument make sense or is it a non sequitur?’
- ‘The response seems to be a complete non sequitur.’
- ‘Confronted yesterday with the Senate report, Wilson could only offer a non sequitur and a lame denial.’
- ‘Therefore, he concludes in a lovely non sequitur, there must be a connection between behavior and physical appearance.’
- ‘That is a non sequitur, since the word ‘person’ is self-contained, and is not defined by the activities so listed.’
- ‘Lest there be any doubt that the above is nothing but a huge non sequitur, let's pick up the story at verse 38.’
- ‘The professor hesitated for a moment, slightly confused by the question, which seemed on the face of it to be something of a non sequitur.’
- ‘Such an argument is a non sequitur given that the regulation of other contracted public utilities, such as power or telephones, is already carried out in the ‘public interest’.’
- ‘There appears to be a non sequitur - the beginning of that question does not relate to the end - and I cannot see the connection at all.’
- ‘First of all, common sense would dictate that this is a non sequitur, because the federal and state education collusion is a monopoly itself.’
Latin, literally ‘it does not follow’.
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