[ tan-jen-shuh l ]
/ tænˈdʒɛn ʃəl /
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Also tan·gen·tal [tan-jen-tl] /tænˈdʒɛn tl/.
tan·gen·ti·al·i·ty, nountan·gen·tial·ly, tan·gen·tal·ly, adverbnon·tan·gen·tal, adjectivenon·tan·gen·tial, adjective
non·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverbun·tan·gen·tal, adjectiveun·tan·gen·tal·ly, adverbun·tan·gen·tial, adjectiveun·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tangentiality
/ (tænˈdʒɛnʃəl) /
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 Formstangentiality, nountangentially or tangentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tangentiality
1620s, see tangent; figurative sense of "divergent, erratic" is from 1787. Related: Tangentially.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for tangentiality
[ tăn-jĕn′shē-ăl′ĭ-tē ]
A disturbance in the associative thought process in which one tends to digress readily from one topic under discussion to other topics that arise through association.
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