adjective Etymology: French & Late Latin; French extrinsèque, from Late Latin extrinsecus, from Latin, adverb, from without; akin to Latin exter outward and to Latin sequi to follow — more at exterior, sue Date: 1613 1. a. not forming part of or belonging to a thing ; extraneous b. originating from or on the outside; especially originating outside a part and acting upon the part as a whole <
extrinsic muscles of the tongue
2. externalextrinsically adverb Synonyms: extrinsic, extraneous, foreign, alien mean external to a thing, its essential nature, or its original character. extrinsic applies to what is distinctly outside the thing in question or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature <
sentimental value that is extrinsic to the house's market value
. extraneous applies to what is on or comes from the outside and may or may not be capable of becoming an essential part <
arguments extraneous to the issue
. foreign applies to what is so different as to be rejected or repelled or to be incapable of becoming assimilated <
techniques foreign to French cuisine
. alien is stronger than foreign in suggesting opposition, repugnance, or irreconcilability <
a practice totally alien to her nature

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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