ex·​tra·​tex·​tu·​al | \ ˌek-strə-ˈteks-chə-wəl How to pronounce extratextual (audio) , -chəl \

Definition of extratextual

: of, relating to, or being something outside a literary text

Examples of extratextual in a Sentence

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, "‘The Walking Dead’ needs to kill Negan to survive," 20 Oct. 2017 Its pleasures are textual, extratextual, metatextual—the whole damn spectrum. Corey Atad, Esquire, "Twin Peaks Gains Some Forward Momentum and Begins to Reflect the Real World," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of extratextual

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Extratextual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extratextual. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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