ir- +‎ respective


  • IPA(key): /ɪɹɪˈspɛktɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv


irrespective (not comparable)

  1. Heedless, regardless.
    • 1922, E. F. Benson, Miss Mapp, chapter 6, page 157:
      That alone, apart from Mr. Wyse’s old-fashioned notions on the subject, made telephoning impossible, for your summons was usually answered by his cook, who instantly began scolding the butcher irrespective and disrespectful of whom you were.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 11:
      In fact, the influence of signage in a certain area may exist anywhere on a continuum from profoundly effective to utterly trivial or completely insignificant, irrespective of the intent motivating the signs.
  2. Without regard for conditions, circumstances, or consequences; unbiased; independent; impartial.
    an irrespective judgment
    • a. 1729, John Rogers, The Scripture Doctrine of Regeneration
      According to this doctrine, it must be resolved wholly into the absolute, irrespective will of God.
  3. (obsolete) Disrespectful.
    • 1640, Robert Baillie, La densivm AUTOKATAKRISIS : the Canterburians self-conviction [] :
      His followers are become so wicked and irrespective, as to [] cast their owne misdeeds upon the broad back of the Prince.

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