Alternative forms 
From the Latin phrase nōn sequitur (“it does not follow”), from nōn (“not”) + sequitur (third-person form of sequor (“I follow”)); in Latin, the phrase sees no use as a noun. Compare sequence, from same root.
- (RP) IPA: /ˌnɒnˈsɛk.wɪ.tə/
- (US) IPA: /ˌnɑːnˈsɛk.wɪ.tɚ/
|Examples (logical fallacy)
- “All ravens are black; this object is black; therefore, this object is a raven.”
- “Take my wife – please.” (Henny Youngman)
- “If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.” (Dorothy Parker)
- “A fool and his money are soon partying.” (Steven Wright)
non sequitur (plural non sequiturs or non sequuntur)
- Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.
- Having a costumed superhero abduct the vicar was an utter non sequitur in the novel.
- (logical fallacy) Any invalid argument in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises; a logical fallacy.
- A statement that does not logically follow a statement that came before it.
- (humor) A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener’s expectation.
Usage notes 
The legitimate plural forms of non sequitur include the Anglicised non sequiturs and the Classical non sequuntur; non sequituri is also attested, but is rare, non-standard, and misformed.
Derived terms 
Related terms 
any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence
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- Polish: błąd (wnioskowania) m
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