What does the word extraneous mean?

Usage examples for extraneous

  1. At the end of a man's life his character or personality is practically the sum of his acts, and when extraneous circumstances such as worldly position disappear, the soul is left with nothing but these acts and the character they have formed as, in Indian language, the fruit of life and it is these acts and this character which determine its next tenement. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  2. That were a poor soul that could succumb so easily to extraneous influences. – Bushido, the Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobé
  3. He decided not to say anything to Aunt Charlotte about Lubin's magpie sciolisms, lest he should provoke a further outburst of the discussion they had held in the morning; he had had the best of that, anyhow, and did not care to compromise his victory by dragging in extraneous considerations in which he did not feel sure of his ground. – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
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