from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not forming an essential or inherent part of a thing; extraneous.
- adj. Originating from the outside; external.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. external, separable from the thing itself, inessential
- adj. not belonging to, outside of
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not contained in or belonging to a body; external; outward; unessential; -- opposed to
- adj. Attached partly to an organ or limb and partly to some other part; -- said of certain groups of muscles. Opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Outward; external: not of the essence or inner being or nature of a thing.
- Determined by something else than the subject; extraneous; foreign.
- In anatomy, originating outside the anatomical limits of a limb, these limits including the pectoral and pelvic arches: applied to certain muscles.
- In Scots law, not relevant to the point referred: applied to facts and circumstances sworn to by a party on a reference to his oath, which cannot be competently taken as part of the evidence.
- Synonyms See exterior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
Latin extrīnsecus, from outside : exter, outside; see exterior + -im, adv. suff. + secus, alongside; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin extrinsecus ("from without, without, on the outside"), from *extrim, an assumed adverbial form of exter ("outer, outward") + seccus ("by, on the side") (Wiktionary)