ex·​tra·​tex·​tu·​al ˌek-strə-ˈteks-chə-wəl How to pronounce extratextual (audio)
: of, relating to, or being something outside a literary text

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The character is a big presence in the comic books on which the series is based, and the TV version seemed to rely on that extratextual knowledge to give the character gravitas and depth, rather than actually earning it. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2017 Its pleasures are textual, extratextual, metatextual—the whole damn spectrum. Corey Atad, Esquire, 10 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extratextual was in 1961

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“Extratextual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extratextual. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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