AskDefine | Define extraneous

Dictionary Definition

extraneous adj
1 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" [syn: immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal]
2 not essential; "the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"
3 not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk" [syn: foreign]
4 coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups" [syn: external, outside]

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Etymology

From extraneus

Pronunciation

  • a RP /ɛkˈstreɪ.ni.əs/, /Ek"streI.ni.@s/
  • a AusE /ekˈstræɪ.ni.əs/, /ek"str

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