V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. on the outer edges of something; 2. related to an issue, but not of major importance to it

Synonyms: outer, marginal, borderline, exterior, side, irrelevant, minor, insignificant

Antonyms: inner, central, significant

Tips: Peripheral is derived from the Greek peripheria, which means "the circumference" or "the outer surface." Peripheral is also used to describe computer equipment. Anything outside the computer, but controlled by it (like a printer) is peripheral equipment. Periphery is the related noun and refers to an outer boundary or circumference of something.

Usage Examples:

People with tunnel vision can only see clearly when looking straight ahead; they have lost their peripheral vision. (side, outer)

Whenever he is watching his favorite TV show, everything else is of peripheral interest. (insignificant)

He's planning on building a guest house on the periphery of his property. (border, side) noun

Let's stop talking about peripheral subjects and focus on the key issues instead. (irrelevant, insignificant)

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