Extrinsic meaning

ĭk-strĭnsĭk, -zĭk
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.

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Not forming an essential or inherent part of a thing; extraneous.
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Originating from the outside; external.
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Not really belonging to the thing with which it is connected; not inherent.
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Being, coming, or acting from the outside; extraneous.
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External, separable from the thing itself, inessential.
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Not belonging to, outside of.
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Origin of extrinsic

  • Latin extrīnsecus from outside exter outside exterior -im adv. suff. secus alongside sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French extrinsèque, from Latin extrinsecus (“from without, without, on the outside”), from *extrim, an assumed adverbial form of exter (“outer, outward”) + seccus (“by, on the side”)

    From Wiktionary