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non sequitur

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Definition something said that does not logically follow from what preceded it
  • The story may sound like a non sequitur, but bear with me and you'll see how it shines light on the issue.
  • "Uncle Jack, I think you've made a non sequitur but I'm not at all positive."
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "—"Excuse me there, Mr Serjeant," quoth Partridge, "that's a non sequitur.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Everyone in the Glass family—Zooey certainly not least—was familiar with this sort of non-sequitur from Mrs. Glass.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • You keep talking in non sequiturs.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Non sequiturs often catch the unwary off guard.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Molly has gotten used to this kind of non sequitur.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • No non sequiturs, three-two, one game all.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • LuLing often issued what they considered non sequiturs, as free-floating as dust motes.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • No stream of non sequiturs and jangled prose.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • He saw too much," I say, still thinking about the impasse, but DeWeese looks puzzled and John doesn't register at all, and I realize the non sequitur too late.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The person questioned smiles beatifically and responds in some non sequitur that would make the babble of the Web's worst village idiot seem like sage aphorisms in comparison.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Alfred scolds me, every time we meet; and he has the better of me, I grant,—for he really does something; his life is a logical result of his opinions and mine is a contemptible non sequitur.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • This is a non sequitur that has been nibbling on the edges of Hiro's mind for the last ten minutes: Laser light has a particular kind of gritty intensity, a molecular purity reflecting its origins.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • After saying this I simply cannot tell whether her words make up a non sequitur or not, when she replies in the most desolate voice I've ever heard, "But oh, Stingo, you can't imagine what it's like to grow up in a Jewish family."
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • I did not mean to abuse the cloth; I only said your conclusion was a non sequitur.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "Indispensable" as strictly applied to captive human beings at Auschwitz would be a non sequitur.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • This non sequitur disoriented Wang.
    Cixin Liu  --  The Three-Body Problem

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