Definition of extraneous
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Examples of extraneous in a Sentence
Obviously, some degree of packaging is necessary to transport and protect the products we need, but all too often manufacturers add extraneous wrappers over wrappers and layers of unnecessary plastic. —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
Industry sages argue that lump charcoal is poised for a back-to-the-future resurgence. They say that a new generation of consumers—aware that most briquettes are shot through with all manner of extraneous materials, from fillers of pulverized limestone to binders of sugarcane bagasse and ignition catalysts of sodium nitrate—are willing to pay the two-buck-a-bag premium for true lump, which, compared to traditional briquettes, lights quicker, burns hotter, and throws off no chemical residue. —John T. Edge, Gourmet, June 2003
The summer concert season is at hand, which means lots of warm nights wishing the guy in the row behind you would bogart that joint instead of blowing smoke into your hair, and lots of days spent wondering just how many extraneous … charges one ticket can possibly have added on. —Entertainment Weekly, 18 May 2001
She sped up the process by eliminating all extraneous steps.
the architect's streamlined modern style shuns any sort of extraneous ornamentation
Recent Examples of extraneous from the Web
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Other workforce-training advocates agree not only that there have been cuts, but also that the programs regarded as extraneous have been narrow and designed for specific populations such as Native Americans, farm workers and so on.
With the time for questioning tightly limited, and with just one round for each member of the committee, there was little straying into extraneous issues.
The Senate proposal still will have to go through a procedure to excise provisions seen as extraneous to budget issues.
One of her strengths is a lack of fuss, her ability to cull the extraneous.
According to a June 1993 article in the Aviation Safety and Reporting System journal Directline that looked at 63 reports documenting Sterile Cockpit violations of varying severity, the most common cause was extraneous conversation.
Fried chicken liver: For chicken livers, use scissors to cut the two lobes apart and trim away any extraneous fat or sinew.
There also are extraneous bits with the restaurant service, Stan’s congressional aide and Stan’s first wife, which drown out the more pertinent themes of social justice, class and family dysfunction.
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Did You Know?
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").
Synonym Discussion of extraneous
EXTRANEOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extraneous for English Language Learners
: not forming a necessary part of something : not important
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