Extraneous - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈstreɪniəs|  American pronunciation of the word extraneous
Brit.  |ɪkˈstreɪnɪəs|  British pronunciation of the word extraneous

adjective

- not pertinent to the matter under consideration(syn: immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal)

an issue extraneous to the debate

- not essential

the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play

- not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source(syn: foreign)

water free of extraneous matter

- coming from the outside(syn: external, outside)

extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph
relying upon an extraneous income

Examples

She sped up the process by eliminating all extraneous steps.

...the architect's streamlined modern style shuns any sort of extraneous ornamentation...

These questions are extraneous to the problem being discussed.

Such details are extraneous to the matter in hand.

an issue extraneous to the debate

the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play

extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph

It is necessary to remove from the wound any extraneous matter, such as gravel, bits of glass or china.

the adulterating effect of extraneous materials

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