Nontangential



[tan-jen-shuh l] /tænˈdʒɛn ʃəl/

adjective
1.
pertaining to or of the nature of a ; being or moving in the direction of a .
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.
/tænˈdʒɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, being, relating to, or in the direction of a tangent
2.
(astronomy) Also transverse. (of velocity) in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight of a celestial object Compare radial (sense 6)
3.
of superficial relevance only; digressive
adj.

1620s, see tangent; figurative sense of “divergent, erratic” is from 1787. Related: Tangentially.

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