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- 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.
Related formstan·gen·ti·al·i·ty, nountan·gen·tial·ly, tan·gen·tal·ly, adverbnon·tan·gen·tal, adjectivenon·tan·gen·tial, adjectivenon·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverbun·tan·gen·tal, adjectiveun·tan·gen·tal·ly, adverbun·tan·gen·tial, adjectiveun·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverb
Also tan·gen·tal [tan-jen-tl] /tænˈdʒɛn tl/
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British Dictionary definitions for tangentiality
Derived Formstangentiality, nountangentially or tangentally, adverb
- 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
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Word Origin and History for tangentiality
1620s, see tangent; figurative sense of "divergent, erratic" is from 1787. Related: Tangentially.
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tangentiality in Medicine
- 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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