The definition of extrinsic refers to a non-essential part, or to something that is not really relevant to the heart of the matter.(adjective)
Information that isn't really relevant and that doesn't really answer the question being asked is an example of extrinsic information.
See extrinsic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr extrinseque < L extrinsecus, from without, outer < exter, without + secus, following, otherwise < base of sequi, to follow: see sequent
See extrinsic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin extrīnsecus, from outside
Origin: : exter, outside; see exterior
Origin: + -im, adv. suff.
Origin: + secus, alongside; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
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