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ex·tra·ne·ous  audio  (k-strn-s) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Not constituting a vital element or part.
  2. Inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
  3. Coming from the outside: extraneous interference.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin extrneus, from extr, outside ; see extra-

OTHER FORMS:
ex·trane·ous·ly(Adverb), ex·trane·ous·ness(Noun)


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