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[ih-rel-uh-vuh nt] /ɪˈrɛl ə vənt/

not relevant; not applicable or pertinent:
His lectures often stray to interesting but irrelevant subjects.
Law. (of evidence) having no probative value upon any issue in the case.
not relating or pertinent to the matter at hand; not important

1680s, from assimilated form of in- (1) “not, opposite of” + relevant. Related: Irrelevantly.


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