- 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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Related Words for extraneouslyoutwardly, apparently, carelessly, casually, hastily, ostensibly, partially, skim, externally, extraneously, frivolously, ignorantly
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Historical Examples of extraneously
Hypothetically considered, the situation was not extraneously alarming.The Shriek
- not essential
- 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
Word Origin for extraneous
C17: from Latin extrāneus external, from extrā outside
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Word Origin and History for extraneously
1630s, from Latin extraneus "external, strange," from extra "outside of" (see extra-).
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