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Extraneous Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    extraneous 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: 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: 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, outside]
Extraneous Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Nothing is admitted extraneous from the indictment. --Landor. -- Ex*tra"ne*ous*ly, adv.
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* In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child's personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period - Antonio Gramsci


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