Definition: A binary relation R for which there is no element a such that a R a.
See also reflexive, antisymmetric.
Note: The relation "less than" is irreflexive since no number is less than itself.
After Eric W. Weisstein's World of Mathematics entry irreflexive.
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Paul E. Black, "irreflexive", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/irreflexive.html