- The definition of extrinsic refers to a non-essential part, or to something that is not really relevant to the heart of the matter.
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)