extraneous extraneous  /ɛk ˈstreɪ ni əs/


  1. (adj) not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  2. (adj) not essential
  3. (adj) not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
  4. (adj) coming from the outside


  • The ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play.


  1. Soccer-Brazil beat Japan but protests spoil opening day

    (Deletes extraneous word in headline, no change to text) BRASILIA, June 15 (Reuters) - Hosts Brazil opened the Confederations Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Japan on Saturday but the occasion was marred when police fired teargas at protesters outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium. A stunning third minute goal from Neymar set Brazil on their way before Paulinho added a second three ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Movie Review: 'Twenty Feet from Stardom,' -- 3 stars

    Backup singing is among the purest forms of musical expression. With the focus on the headliner and all the extraneous requirements that come with fame and fortune just out of reach, these supporting performers are free to shape and perfect their craft without distractions.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: amNewYork


  1. "The chances are better than 50-50 that we will get it done by the end of the week, and hopefully it won't be bogged with down with too many extraneous and costly provisions," Kyl said on "Fox News Sunday."
    on Sep 21, 2008 By: Jon Kyl Source: Washington Post

  2. "My expectation is that the conferees will strip the surrender date and extraneous funds from the original bill," said McConnell.
    on May 18, 2007 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Washington Post

  3. Making a suo motu statement, External Affairs Minsiter Pranab Mukherjee noted that there were certain "extraneous and prescriptive" provisions in the US legislation on the deal.
    on Dec 12, 2006 By: Pranab Mukherjee Source: Hindu

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