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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 tan·gen·tal [tan-jen-tl] /tænˈdʒɛn tl/.
tan·gen·tial·ly, tan·gen·tal·ly, adverb
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Origin: 1620–30; tangent + -ial
Examples from the Web for tangential
A tangential answer to your question would be, what am I proudest of?
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Tangential characters are combined into composites or eliminated entirely; the same holds for certain events.
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Once again the idea came from a tangential story she came across researching Unbroken.
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In Fig. 6, F represents the tangential force that tends to cause skidding.
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From this simple lattice sphere all other Sphroidea can be derived either by radial or by tangential growth.
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The tangential needles always seem to have the same shape as I have accurately described, in 1862, of Aulacantha scolymantha.
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They are, in short, mountains of elevation, ridged up by tangential thrusts.
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It follows that a line from B to M will always be tangential to the epicycloid.
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