extraneous

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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,… …

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  • 4 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 extraneous — 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 extrane …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 extraneous — ex|tra|ne|ous [ ık streıniəs ] adjective 1. ) not relating to the subject or situation you are dealing with: I deleted some extraneous material. extraneous to: All these factors are extraneous to our objectives. 2. ) existing or coming from… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 extraneous — [[t]ɪkstre͟ɪniəs[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Extraneous things are not relevant or essential to the situation you are involved in or the subject you are talking about. [FORMAL] We ought not to bring in extraneous matters in trying to find a basis for a… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 extraneous — UK [ɪkˈstreɪnɪəs] / US adjective 1) not relating to the subject or situation that you are dealing with I deleted some extraneous material. extraneous to: All these factors are extraneous to our objectives. 2) existing or coming from outside… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 extraneous — adjective /ɛkˈstreɪ.ni.əs,ekˈstræɪ.ni.əs,ɪkˈstreɪ.ni.əs,ɛkˈstreɪ.ni.əs/ a) Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign to separate gold from extraneous matter b) Not essential or intrinsic Extraneous… …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 extraneous — adj. extraneous to * * * [ɪk streɪnɪəs] extraneous to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 extraneous — adjective 1 not belonging to or directly connected with a particular subject or problem; irrelevant (+ to): Such details are extraneous to the matter in hand. 2 coming from outside: extraneous noises extraneously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 extraneous — adjective 1) extraneous considerations Syn: irrelevant, immaterial, beside the point, unrelated, unconnected, inapposite, inapplicable, superfluous 2) extraneous noise Syn: external, outside, exterior …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 extraneous — ex•tra•ne•ous [[t]ɪkˈstreɪ ni əs[/t]] adj. 1) introduced or coming from without; not forming an essential or proper part: extraneous substances in our water[/ex] 2) not pertinent; irrelevant: an extraneous remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1630–40; < L …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 extraneous — See extraneous, intrinsic …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions