non sequitur

A non sequitur is a conclusion or reply that doesn’t follow logically from the previous statement. You’ve probably heard an example of a non sequitur before, therefore bunny rabbits are way cuter than chipmunks.

Non sequiturs are often used for comedic effect in movies, novels, and TV shows. When someone says a non sequitur, it usually means the person was off in her own thoughts and not listening to the other person . If one girl says, “I’m worried he might break up with me, I don’t understand why he listened to her” and her friend replies, “I wonder what you call a male ladybug?” the non sequitur shows the friend clearly wasn't listening.

Definitions of non sequitur

n a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it

Type of:
reply, response
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

n (logic) a conclusion that does not follow from the premises

Type of:
an intuitive assumption

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