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 n&omacron;n sequitur, it does not follow : n&omacron;n, not + sequitur, third person sing. present tense of sequ&imacron;, 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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