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EXTRANEOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does extraneous mean? 

EXTRANEOUS (adjective)
  The adjective EXTRANEOUS has 4 senses:

1. not pertinent to the matter under consideration
2. not essential
3. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
4. coming from the outside

  Familiarity information: EXTRANEOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXTRANEOUS (adjective)


Sense 1extraneous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not pertinent to the matter under consideration

Synonyms:

extraneous; orthogonal; impertinent; immaterial

Context examples:

an issue extraneous to the debate / the price was immaterial / mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point

Similar:

irrelevant (having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue)


Sense 2extraneous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not essential

Context example:

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

Similar:

extrinsic (not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside)


Sense 3extraneous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

extraneous; foreign

Context examples:

water free of extraneous matter / foreign particles in milk

Similar:

adulterant; adulterating (making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials)


Sense 4extraneous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Coming from the outside

Synonyms:

external; outside; extraneous

Context examples:

extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph / relying upon an extraneous income / disdaining outside pressure groups

Similar:

extrinsic (not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside)


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