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ir- +‎ respective



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
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir C. Cornwallis to this entry?)

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