[ ik-strey-nee-uhs ]
/ ɪkˈstreɪ ni əs /
introduced or coming from without; not belonging or proper to a thing; external; foreign: extraneous substances in our water.
not pertinent; irrelevant: an extraneous remark; extraneous decoration.
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Origin of extraneous
SYNONYMS FOR extraneous
OTHER WORDS FROM extraneous
ex·tra·ne·ous·ly, adverbex·tra·ne·ous·ness, nounnon·ex·tra·ne·ous, adjectivenon·ex·tra·ne·ous·ly, adverb
non·ex·tra·ne·ous·ness, nounun·ex·tra·ne·ous, adjectiveun·ex·tra·ne·ous·ly, adverb
Words nearby extraneous
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Example sentences from the Web for extraneously
Hypothetically considered, the situation was not extraneously alarming.The Shriek|Charles Somerville
British Dictionary definitions for extraneously
/ (ɪkˈstreɪnɪəs) /
not pertinent or applicable; irrelevant
coming from without; of external origin
not belonging; unrelated to that to which it is added or in which it is contained
Derived forms of extraneousextraneously, adverbextraneousness, noun
Word Origin for extraneous
C17: from Latin extrāneus external, from extrā outside
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