irregardless vs regardless :

irregardless vs regardless

irregardless or regardless

Regardless is an adverb that means without paying attention to the situation of circumstances.

“Susan and Matt kept driving regardless of the pounding rain.” 

Nowadays, you will hear many people say ‘irregardless’. This is not grammatically correct, but may have come into play because the prefix ‘ir’ is used to mean ‘not’ – think ‘responsible/irresponsible’.

Even though regardless already has that sense of ‘not paying attention’, some people emphasize the ‘not’ by saying irregardless.



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Definitions

  • r  regardless; a combination of irrespective and regardless sometimes used humorously

  • s  (usually followed by `of') without due thought or consideration
    crushing the blooms with regardless tread
  • r  in spite of everything; without regard to drawbacks
    he carried on regardless of the difficulties
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