Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

tangential

tangential
Meaning(s)
1) a change in direction (often not planned)
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • tangential thoughts/directions/roads
  • Analysis
    Tangential is an adjective used to describe something relating to a tangent or diverting from a previous thought or course of action.  Something which is tangential is not part of the whole or is a digression. This is a very formal adjective used mostly in professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The road split into three separate roads, meaning there were tangential ways to go from there.
    2. Stick to the plan. Tangential ideas will lead you off course.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Your presentation has too many tangential topics and thoughts. I think we need to streamline it to make it more focused.
    2. I get really annoyed at company meetings. We never stick to the agenda and always end up discussing something tangential that is less important.
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