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extraneous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of extraneous

  1. 1 not being a vital part of or belonging to something the architect's streamlined modern style shuns any sort of extraneous ornamentation Synonyms of extraneous accidental, adventitious, alien, extrinsic, external, foreign, supervenientWords Related to extraneous exterior, outside; immaterial, inapplicable, insignificant, irrelevant; nonessential, unessential, unnecessaryNear Antonyms of extraneous congenital, deep-seated, inborn, inbred; inside, interior, internal; basic, essential, necessaryAntonyms of extraneous inherent, innate, intrinsic

  2. 2 not having anything to do with the matter at hand the professor would have covered all of the course material if she had refrained from her extraneous remarks on just about everything Synonyms of extraneous irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelativeWords Related to extraneous incidental, peripheral, tangent, tangential; dead, moot; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; empty, inane, meaningless, pointless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitableNear Antonyms of extraneous important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; appropriate, apt, fit, suitableAntonyms of extraneous applicable, apposite, apropos, germane, material, pertinent, pointed, relative, relevant

Synonym Discussion of extraneous

extrinsic, extraneous, foreign, alien mean external to a thing, its essential nature, or its original character. extrinsic applies to what is distinctly outside the thing in question or is not contained in or derived from its essential nature.
    • sentimental value that is extrinsic to the house's market value
extraneous applies to what is on or comes from the outside and may or may not be capable of becoming an essential part.
    • arguments extraneous to the issue
foreign applies to what is so different as to be rejected or repelled or to be incapable of becoming assimilated.
    • techniques foreign to French cuisine
alien is stronger than foreign in suggesting opposition, repugnance, or irreconcilability.
    • a practice totally alien to her nature


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