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 (tăn-jĕn′shəl) also tan·gen·tal (-jĕn′tl)
1. Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
2. Merely touching or slightly connected.
3. Only superficially relevant; divergent: a tangential remark.

tan·gen′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
tan·gen′tial·ly adv.


of, relating to, or resembling a tangent
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