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 for extraneous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Extraneous \Ex*tra"ne*ous\, a. [L. extraneus, from extra. See
     Extra-, Strange.]
     Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or
     beyond a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign; as, to
     separate gold from extraneous matter.
     [1913 Webster]
           Nothing is admitted extraneous from the indictment.
     -- Ex*tra"ne*ous*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: not pertinent to the matter under consideration; "an
             issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was
             immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before
             finally coming to the point" [syn: extraneous,
             immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal]
      2: not essential; "the ballet struck me as extraneous and
         somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"
      3: not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced
         from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter";
         "foreign particles in milk" [syn: extraneous, foreign]
      4: coming from the outside; "extraneous light in the camera
         spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income";
         "disdaining outside pressure groups" [syn: external,
         extraneous, outside]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "extraneous":
     accidental, added, additional, adrift, adventitious, alien, apart,
     barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, beside the mark, beside the point,
     beside the question, detached, disconnected, discrete, disjunct,
     disrelated, dissociated, exotic, exterior, external, extra,
     extraorganismal, extraterrestrial, extrinsic, foreign,
     foreign-born, immaterial, impersonal, impertinent, inadmissible,
     inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, incidental,
     incommensurable, incomparable, inconsequent, independent,
     inessential, insular, intrusive, irrelative, irrelevant, isolated,
     needless, nihil ad rem, nonessential, nonsubjective, not at issue,
     objective, off the subject, other, out of place, out-of-the-way,
     outland, outlandish, outlying, outside, outward, parenthetical,
     peripheral, pointless, remote, removed, segregate, separate,
     separated, strange, superfluous, supernumerary, ulterior,
     unaffiliated, unallied, unapt, unassociated, unconnected,
     unearthly, unessential, unfitting, unnecessary, unneeded,
     unrelatable, unrelated

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