What does extraneous mean?

Definitions for extraneousɪkˈstreɪ ni əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. extraneous(adj)

    not essential

    "the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"

  3. extraneous, foreign(adj)

    not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

    "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"

  4. 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"


  1. extraneous(Adjective)

    Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign

  2. extraneous(Adjective)

    Not essential or intrinsic

  3. Origin: From extraneus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extraneous(adj)

    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

  2. Origin: [L. extraneus, from extra. See Extra-, Strange.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extraneous

    eks-trān′yus, adj. external: foreign: not belonging to or dependent on a thing: not essential.—n. Extranē′ity.—adv. Extran′eously. [L. extraneus, external, ex, from, extra, outside.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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