tangential
adjective Date: 1630 1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a tangent 2. acting along or lying in a tangent <
tangential forces
>
3. a. divergent, digressive b. touching lightly ; incidental, peripheral <
tangential involvement
>
; also of little relevance <
arguments tangential to the main point
>
tangentially adverb

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