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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Example sentences
But it's also acceptable-maybe even preferable-if the reason it was memorable
  was only tangentially related to the food.
The part of the brain that alcoholism affects is only tangentially an area of
  pheromone influence.
All of this denial is not grounded in science, and only tangentially even
  related to science.
The whole paper is only tangentially related to this discussion.
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