Definition of extraneous
- extraneous light
- extraneous ornamentation
- an extraneous digression
- extraneous roots
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She sped up the process by eliminating all extraneous steps.
the architect's streamlined modern style shuns any sort of extraneous ornamentation
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We'll try not to weigh you down with a lot of extraneous information about the word extraneous, but we will tell you that it has been a part of the English language since at least 1638. It derives from the Latin word extraneus, which literally means "external." Extraneus is also the root of the words strange and estrange ("to alienate the affections or confidence of").
: not forming a necessary part of something : not important
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