Synonyms for extraneous

Synonyms for (adjective) extraneous

Synonyms: external, extraneous, outside

Definition: coming from the outside

Usage: extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph; relying upon an extraneous income; disdaining outside pressure groups

Similar words: extrinsic

Definition: not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

Usage: extrinsic evidence; an extrinsic feature of the new building; that style is something extrinsic to the subject; looking for extrinsic aid


Synonyms: extraneous

Definition: not essential

Usage: the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play

Similar words: extrinsic

Definition: not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

Usage: extrinsic evidence; an extrinsic feature of the new building; that style is something extrinsic to the subject; looking for extrinsic aid


Synonyms: orthogonal, extraneous, immaterial, impertinent

Definition: not pertinent to the matter under consideration

Usage: an issue extraneous to the debate; the price was immaterial; mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point

Similar words: irrelevant

Definition: having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

Usage: an irrelevant comment; irrelevant allegations


Synonyms: extraneous, foreign

Definition: not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

Usage: water free of extraneous matter; foreign particles in milk

Similar words: adulterant, adulterating

Definition: making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials

Usage: the adulterating effect of extraneous materials