Meaning of tangential

tan•gen•tial

Pronunciation: (tan-jen'shul), [key]
— adj.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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