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1. Not constituting an essential or vital element or part: school rules forbidding extraneous clothing like hats.
2. Unrelated to the topic or matter at hand. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
3. Coming from the outside: extraneous noise.

[From Latin extrāneus, from extrā, outside; see extra-.]

ex·tra′ne·ous·ly adv.
ex·tra′ne·ous·ness n.
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Noun1.extraneousness - unrelatedness by virtue of falling outside the matter at hand
unrelatedness - the lack of any particular manner of connectedness
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The migrant, alien to the city, is "the citizen par excellence," whose extraneousness is an essential element in this and many other of Calvino's books.
In the previous list, one could add translations for each term into the other language, but, with the list's length and extraneousness, the act seems unimportant.
This clerical vacuity imposes onto the events of life the same feeling of extraneousness that inheres to artistic endeavor in Oeuvres: what is considered is not the momentary, irreducible surge of feeling, but the outer form and its logical propensity.
The fact that it seems so easy to summarize the plot without mentioning the bowl (18) says something about the extraneousness, even clumsiness, critics often ascribe to this device.
The argument on the reciprocal extraneousness of the two philosophical texts can be followed even further.
In Means without Ends Agamben insists on the intrinsic "unutterability" and "impenetrability" which characterize life in its basic forms (biological, naked, corporeal): "Biological life, which is the secularized form of naked life and which shares its unutterability and impenetrability, thus constitutes the real forms of life literally as forms of survival: biological life remains inviolate in such forms as that obscure threat that can suddenly actualize itself in violence, in extraneousness, in illness, in accidents" (8; emphasis in the original).