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irrelevant
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Definition not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
  • The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
irrelevant = not relevant
  • The writer should delete the sentence because it provides background information that is irrelevant to the paragraph.
  • irrelevant = not important or meaningful to the issue at hand (not relevant)
  • He habitually wastes the committee's time with digressions on irrelevant topics.
  • irrelevant = not relevant
  • Can't see what witness's literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant'n'immaterial.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • irrelevant = not related or significant to the subject being considered
  •   "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
  • irrelevance = something that is unimportant
  • "Let's go back, Tom. Tomorrow!" Then she added irrelevantly: "You ought to see the baby."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • irrelevantly = not related to what is being discussed
  • "Now let's consider this calmly-" began Atticus, but Mr. Gilmer interrupted with an objection: he was not irrelevant or immaterial, but Atticus was browbeating the witness.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • irrelevant = not related or significant to the subject being considered
  • 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
  • irrelevance = something unimportant
  • Slowly but surely I began to see the pattern of Atticus's questions: from questions that Mr. Gilmer did not deem sufficiently irrelevant or immaterial to object to, Atticus was quietly building up before the jury a picture of the Ewells' home life.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • irrelevant = not related or significant to the subject being considered
  • 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
  • With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I believe that worrying about the problems plaguing our planet without taking steps to confront them is absolutely irrelevant.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Granted, Peter was the one who brought in the gun" 'That's irrelevant,' Jordan said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The reporter Mary Elson grasped none of this and wrote in the Chicago Tribune that John's pole comment was "an oddly irrelevant afterthought."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Once well into the country, Paul dismissed the carriage and walked, floundering along the tracks, his mind a medley of irrelevant things.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul's Case
  • I'm so sorry that we never got that garden seat," she said irrelevantly.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Some notions of time are irrelevant.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • The others are outside — irrelevant.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He was daily more scornful toward the counters of paving stones, the renamers of species, the compilers of irrelevant data.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • But irrelevant to the overall scheme.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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