irrespective


irrespective
irrespective 1620s (implied in irrespectively), "disrespectful," from assimilated form of IN- (Cf. in-) (1) "not, opposite of" + RESPECTIVE (Cf. respective). Meaning "without taking account of (something)" is from 1690s. Main modern use is adverbial ("irrespective of"), attested from 1839.

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  • Irrespective — Ir re*spec tive ([i^]r r[ e]*sp[e^]k t[i^]v), a. 1. Without regard for conditions, circumstances, or consequences; unbiased; independent; impartial; as, an irrespective judgment. [1913 Webster] According to this doctrine, it must be resolved… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Irrespective of — Irrespective Ir re*spec tive ([i^]r r[ e]*sp[e^]k t[i^]v), a. 1. Without regard for conditions, circumstances, or consequences; unbiased; independent; impartial; as, an irrespective judgment. [1913 Webster] According to this doctrine, it must be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irrespective of — This expression is variously regarded by grammarians as an adjective plus a preposition, an adverbial phrase (alternative to irrespectively of, which is also found though much less often), or a complex preposition. The difficulty of… …   Modern English usage

  • irrespective — ► ADJECTIVE (irrespective of) ▪ regardless of. DERIVATIVES irrespectively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • irrespective — [ir΄rispek′tiv, ir΄ispek′tiv] adj. [ IR + RESPECTIVE] Rare showing disregard for persons or consequences showing disregard for persons or consequences irrespective of regardless of; independent of irrespectively adv …   English World dictionary

  • irrespective — adjective despite, in spite of, regardless of, without reference, without respect or regard to Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • irrespective of — index regardless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • irrespective — [[t]ɪ̱rɪspe̱ktɪv[/t]] PHR PREP If you say that something happens or should happen irrespective of a particular thing, you mean that it is not affected or should not be affected by that thing. [FORMAL] ...their commitment to a society based on… …   English dictionary

  • irrespective — adj. irrespective of * * * [ˌɪrɪ spektɪv] irrespective of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • irrespective — ir|re|spec|tive [ˌırıˈspektıv] adv formal irrespective of sth used when saying that a particular fact has no effect on a situation and is not important ▪ The course is open to anyone, irrespective of age …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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