[ tan-jen-shuh-lee ]

  1. in a way that barely touches or involves someone or something:The subject’s tempestuous first marriage is only tangentially dealt with in the biography.

  2. in a way that is only slightly related or relevant:The novel dedicates a huge amount of space to characters and events that are, at most, tangentially connected to the main plot.

  1. in a divergent or digressive way:Whether or not this is easier, as I have tangentially mentioned, is in fact a difficult question.

Origin of tangentially

  • Rarely tan·gen·tal·ly .

Other words from tangentially

  • non·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverb
  • un·tan·gen·tial·ly, adverb

Words Nearby tangentially

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