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extraneous - Dictionary definition and meaning for word extraneous

(adj) not pertinent to the matter under consideration
Example Sentence
  • an issue extraneous to the debate
  • the price was immaterial
  • mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point

(adj) not essential
Example Sentence
  • the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play

(adj) not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
Synonyms : foreign
Example Sentence
  • water free of extraneous matter
  • foreign particles in milk

(adj) coming from the outside
Synonyms : external , outside
Example Sentence
  • extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph
  • relying upon an extraneous income
  • disdaining outside pressure groups

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for extraneous

Think of news channels....EXTRA+NEWS...In order to get TRP, news channels show irrelevant or unrelated things hence the news are most of the times EXTRANEOUS
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by nileshdive

concentrate on extra + ne + ous.....something that is extra is NOT ESSENTIAL(NE)
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by imajeeth

EX(extra)+TRANEOUS(trainees)...We don't need any EXTRA TRAINEES...we have got enuf in our city
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by ArDoR

EXTRA hai- nahi (NE) - use (OUS).....something in excess and not of any worth
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by shanto6888

Extra + neo(new) + us => I would not allow Extra New ppls' interference in Us (in our relationship)
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by Anam

extra nurse are comming from outside
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by aziz

Extra + adjective suffix (ous) = Extraneous
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by onno manush

external asks extra questions which are not essential
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by joxeusindia

Extra on US. So it is not inherent.
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by pmaditya

sounds 'extra in ous' >> these people do belong to our group, means are extra.. they are not of any use in our group..
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by RajeshBorkar

EXTRA + ANUS...extra anus is not essential :p
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by akshayakshay

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