tangentiality

tangential

[tan-jen-shuhl]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of a tangent; being or moving in the direction of a tangent.
2.
merely touching; slightly connected: tangential information.
3.
divergent or digressive, as from a subject under consideration: tangential remarks.
4.
tending to digress or to reply to questions obliquely.
Also, tangental [tan-jen-tl] .


Origin:
1620–30; tangent + -ial

tangentiality, noun
tangentially, tangentally, adverb
nontangental, adjective
nontangential, adjective
nontangentially, adverb
untangental, adjective
untangentally, adverb
untangential, adjective
untangentially, adverb
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tangential (tænˈdʒɛnʃəl)
 
adj
1.  of, being, relating to, or in the direction of a tangent
2.  astronomy Compare radial Also: transverse (of velocity) in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight of a celestial object
3.  of superficial relevance only; digressive
 
tangenti'ality
 
n
 
tan'gentially
 
adv
 
tan'gentally
 
adv

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tangential
1620s, see tangent; figurative sense of "divergent, erratic" is from 1787. Related: Tangentially.
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tangentiality tan·gen·ti·al·i·ty (tān-jěn'shē-āl'ĭ-tē)
n.
A disturbance in the associative thought process in which one tends to digress readily from one topic under discussion to other topics that arise through association.

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