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The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
  not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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irrelevant irrelevance irrelevancy irrelevantly irrelevancies
Strongly Associated with:   relevant
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Standard prefix:  When "ir" is added as a prefix to a familiar word, it usually means "not".
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  • The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
  • The writer should deleted the sentence because it provides background information that is irrelevant to the paragraph.
  • He habitually wastes the committee’s time with digressions on irrelevant topics.
  • Can’t see what witness’s literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant’n’immaterial.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • "We’ve killed a pig." ...
    "You let the fire go out."
    Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him.
    "We can light the fire again. You should have been with us, Ralph. We had a smashing time."
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "Let’s go back, Tom. Tomorrow!" Then she added irrelevantly: "You ought to see the baby."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I’ve heard it said that Daisy’s murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "What I’m open to is irrelevant at the moment.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The fact that she’d been in a coma when I’d said this, hadn’t woken up for another three days, that neither of us had ever mentioned what I’d said—that seemed almost irrelevant.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • "Irrelevant," Eleanor answered.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • All of these questions and concerns were irrelevant now, because it was dark, no one could see her, and no one would ever know she was here.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Whose grandson I was seemed irrelevant.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Instead. the prosecutor brought Myers back up to repeat his accusations as if the logic and contradictions in the testimony were completely irrelevant, as if repeating his lies enough times in this quiet room would make them true.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Irrelevancy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • They continue to argue, completely ignoring us as if any danger we might pose is so irrelevant compared to what they’re dealing with that it’s not worth their energy to notice us.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • That made him biologically irrelevant.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • This silk dress is not warm enough for New England, she thought irrelevantly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • That our misery, confinement, and pain were irrelevant to their lives was simply incomprehensible.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "I’m asking you to ignore an unreliable and irrelevant witness who will do nothing but muddy the water and give Dillard more ammunition when we go to trial.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • If you came to me in company with a purple lion, a green elephant, and a scarlet unicorn astride which was the King of England in his Royal Robes, I do believe that it is you and you alone that people would stare at, dismissing the others as minor irrelevancies.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The first twenty-three years of my life are the ones that shaped me, and the fact that I’ve lived almost seven decades since then is irrelevant.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The excuses seem irrelevant: As I’m speaking I realize there’s only a single thing that really matters.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Irrelevant.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • All of them were too difficult or too irrelevant to force on students already killed by a system that demanded certain progress through textbooks.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But the fierce strait-jacketed tension remained in the muscles of the cheek and neck and also the sweat poured forth: it stood out on his brow in droplets, matching in appearance—I noted irrelevantly—the mosaic of cool dewdrops on the bottle of Chablis.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He thinks they are irrelevant.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Games are irrelevant!" yelled Victoria.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It was astonishing to him how people could spend so much time on irrelevancies.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Plainly this was an irrelevancy, as far as Dougal was concerned, but he eventually gave in and, accompanied by his minions, went to fetch Jamie from the taproom below.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • By the time you published them they were irrelevant.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But how could I explain to him, in the chain of disorder and senselessness that had followed her death, exactly how irrelevant those old wishes were?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • NW: Whether I approve or not is irrelevant.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The others are outside — irrelevant.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But equally, without exception, so that no one felt shut out by some irrelevant mischance of birth.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • She wished, irrelevantly, that it would rain.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It had been a decade or so since I’d eaten pork, but suddenly that seemed irrelevant.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Absolute occurrence is irrelevant.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • My father had consistently looked for facts, which were irrelevant to people like Hegbert.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • He was offered membership in Phi Beta Kappa but declined, insisting that titles and honors are irrelevant.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • An entire childhood memorialized in four nearly irrelevant photographs.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But one picture came back to his mind, irrelevantly, whenever he asked himself that question.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "It may be so," said the young clergyman, indifferently, as waiving a discussion that he considered irrelevant or unseasonable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Our birth names were irrelevant, as were our past acquaintances and past accomplishments and past failures.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Any words would serve, the more irrelevant and superficial the better, any words which would stop him; I didn’t want to see this.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He was a mine of irrelevant information and unasked-for good advice.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Both irrelevant.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He wanted to say that all this talk of feelings was irrelevant.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Their distinctions are based on race, religion, national identity, any of a dozen minor and irrelevant markers.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
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