Information that isn't really relevant and that doesn't really answer the question being asked is an example of extrinsic information.
- not really belonging to the thing with which it is connected; not inherent
- being, coming, or acting from the outside; extraneous
Origin of extrinsicFrench extrinseque from Classical Latin extrinsecus, from without, outer from exter, without + secus, following, otherwise from base of sequi, to follow: see sequent
- Not forming an essential or inherent part of a thing; extraneous.
- Originating from the outside; external.
Origin of extrinsicLatin extrīnsecus from outside exter outside ; see exterior . -im adv. suff. secus alongside ; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more extrinsic, superlative most extrinsic)