tan·gen·tial [tan-jen-shuh?l] (previously 01-11-13)
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.
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Origin: 1620–30; tangent + -ial
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