extraneous

[ ik-strey-nee-uhs ]
/ ɪkˈstreɪ ni əs /

adjective

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.

Origin of extraneous

1630–40; < Latin extrāneus external, foreign, equivalent to extr(a)- extra- + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous

Related forms

Can be confused

extraneous external extrinsic internal intrinsic
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Examples from the Web for extraneously

  • Hypothetically considered, the situation was not extraneously alarming.

    The Shriek|Charles Somerville

British Dictionary definitions for extraneously

extraneous

/ (ɪkˈstreɪnɪəs) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

extraneously, adverbextraneousness, noun

Word Origin for extraneous

C17: from Latin extrāneus external, from extrā outside
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