Synonyms for extrinsic

Synonyms for (adjective) extrinsic

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: adventitious

Definition: associated by chance and not an integral part

Usage: poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form- Frederick W. Robertson; they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character


Similar words: adscititious

Definition: added or derived from something outside; not inherent

Usage: an adscititious habit rather than an inherent taste


Similar words: alien, foreign

Definition: not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something

Usage: an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism; the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper; jealousy is foreign to her nature


Similar words: 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: extraneous

Definition: not essential

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