What is the meaning of extraneous?


  • Not pertinent to the matter under consideration.
    • usage: "an issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"
  • Not essential.
    • usage: "the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"
  • Not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source.
    • usage: "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"
  • Coming from the outside.
    • usage: "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"
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APAWordNet. (2010). extraneous. Retrieved September 24, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/extraneous/definitions/1173791
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