V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. not essential or important; 2. not relevant to the matter at hand; 3. coming from outside

Synonyms: nonessential, irrelevant, immaterial, incidental, ancillary, external, exterior, foreign, outside

Antonyms: relevant, inherent, germane, pertinent

Tips: Extraneous refers to something that is beside the point and really has nothing to do with the topic of conversation or matter at hand. Extra means "outside," so something extraneous is outside of importance or relevance.

Usage Examples:

That issue was completely extraneous to the debate and really only caused confusion. (irrelevant, immaterial, unnecessary)

Unfortunately, extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photo. (outside, external)

Most of the information in your lecture notes seems to be extraneous; you should have just stuck to the main points. (nonessential, ancillary)

I want a succinct summary of the conference with no extraneous information. (unnecessary, nonessential)

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