Definitions for tangentialtænˈdʒɛn ʃəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pertaining to or of the nature of a tangent; being or moving in the direction of a tangent.
divergent or digressive:
Origin of tangential:
of superficial relevance if any
"a digressive allusion to the day of the week"; "a tangential remark"
of or relating to or acting along or in the direction of a tangent
Referring to a tangent, moving at a tangent to something.
Merely touching, positioned as a tangent.
Only indirectly related.
That subject is tangential to our discussion, we can't let it distract us.
of or pertaining to a tangent; in the direction of a tangent