Definitions for extraneousɪkˈstreɪ ni əs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ex•tra•ne•ousɪkˈstreɪ ni əs(adj.)
introduced or coming from without; not forming an essential or proper part:
extraneous substances in our water.
not pertinent; irrelevant:
an extraneous remark.
Origin of extraneous:
1630–40; < L extrāneus external, foreign <extr(a)- extra -
extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal(adj)
not pertinent to the matter under consideration
"an issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"
"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
"water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"
external, extraneous, outside(adj)
coming from the outside
"extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"
Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign
Not essential or intrinsic
Origin: From extraneus
not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign; as, to separate gold from extraneous matter
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