When someone asks "how is the weather?" and you reply "It's 2:00 in the afternoon," this is an example of a non sequitur since it does not follow or flow from the previous statement.
- Logic a conclusion or inference which does not follow from the premisesabbrev. non seq.
- a remark having no bearing on what has just been said
Origin of non sequiturL, literally , it does not follow
- An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence.
- A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it.
Origin of non sequiturLatin nōn sequitur it does not follow nōn not sequitur third person sing. present tense of sequī to follow
(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.
- 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.
- (hum) A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener's expectation.
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.
From the Latin phrase nÅn sequitur (“it does not follow"), from nÅn (“not") + sequitur (third-person form of sequor (“I follow")); in Latin, the phrase sees no use as a noun. Compare sequence, from same root.
- Alternative spelling of non sequitur.
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