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foreign

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1 being, relating to, or characteristic of a country other than oneʼs own

  • more Americans should take an interest in foreign languages
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2 not being a vital part of or belonging to something

  • pediatricians often have to remove peas or other foreign bodies from inside the ears of curious toddlers
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3 relating to or involving two or more nations

  • foreign trade has always been vital to the region's economic health
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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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