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Dictionary definition for: Extraneous

1. (s) not pertinent to the matter under consideration; "an issue extraneous to the debate" "the price was immaterial" "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"

2. (s) not essential; "the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"

3. (s) not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter" "foreign particles in milk"

4. (s) coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph" "relying upon an extraneous income" "disdaining outside pressure groups"

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