adjective Etymology: Latin extraneus — more at strange Date: 1638 1. existing on or coming from the outside <
extraneous light
2. a. not forming an essential or vital part <
extraneous ornamentation
b. having no relevance <
an extraneous digression
3. being a number obtained in solving an equation that is not a solution of the equation <
extraneous roots
Synonyms: see extrinsicextraneously adverbextraneousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Extraneous — Ex*tra ne*ous, a. [L. extraneus, from extra. See {Extra }, {Strange}.] 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extraneous — I adjective additional, alien, alienus, aside from the point, coming from without, derived from without, dispensable, extra, extraneus, extrinsic, extrinsical, foreign, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, incidental, inconsequent,… …   Law dictionary

  • extraneous — [adj1] unneeded; irrevelant accidental, additional, adventitious, beside the point, extra, foreign, immaterial, impertinent, inadmissible, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, incidental, inessential, needless, nonessential, off the subject,… …   New thesaurus

  • extraneous — [ek strā′nē əs, ikstrā′nē əs] adj. [L extraneus, external, foreign < extra: see EXTRA ] 1. coming from outside; foreign [an extraneous substance] 2. not truly or properly belonging; not essential 3. not pertinent; irrelevant SYN. EXTRINSIC… …   English World dictionary

  • extraneous — 1630s, from L. extraneus external, strange, from extra outside of (see EXTRA (Cf. extra )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • extraneous — *extrinsic, foreign, alien Analogous words: external, exterior, outside, *outer, outward: adventitious, *accidental, incidental Antonyms: relevant Contrasted words: intrinsic, inherent, ingrained, constitutional: intestine, internal, inner,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • extraneous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) irrelevant or unrelated to the subject. 2) of external origin. DERIVATIVES extraneously adverb extraneousness noun. ORIGIN Latin extraneus …   English terms dictionary

  • extraneous — exterior, external, extraneous, extrinsic 1. The four words are related, and all have meanings based on outside. Exterior and external both refer to the outside of things in contrast to the inside • (Most manufacturers describe their exterior… …   Modern English usage

  • extraneous — extraneously, adv. extraneousness, n. /ik stray nee euhs/, adj. 1. introduced or coming from without; not belonging or proper to a thing; external; foreign: extraneous substances in our water. 2. not pertinent; irrelevant: an extraneous remark;… …   Universalium

  • extraneous — ex|tra|ne|ous [ıkˈstreıniəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: extraneus foreign, strange , from extra; EXTRA ] 1.) not belonging to or directly related to a particular subject or problem = ↑irrelevant extraneous to ▪ Such details are …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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