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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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