tangential

[ tan-jen-shuhl ]
/ tænˈdʒɛn ʃəl /

adjective

pertaining to or of the nature of a tangent; being or moving in the direction of a tangent.
merely touching; slightly connected: tangential information.
divergent or digressive, as from a subject under consideration: tangential remarks.
tending to digress or to reply to questions obliquely.

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Origin of tangential

First recorded in 1620–30; tangent + -ial

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British Dictionary definitions for tangential

tangential
/ (tænˈdʒɛnʃəl) /

adjective

of, being, relating to, or in the direction of a tangent
Also: transverse astronomy (of velocity) in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight of a celestial objectCompare radial (def. 6)
of superficial relevance only; digressive

Derived forms of tangential

tangentiality, nountangentially or tangentally, adverb
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