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peripheral (adj) not as important as the main aspect of an issue; the outer area of some place or something.

A peripheral matter is not as important as the main issue but connected with it. The problem of hair loss and pigmentation is peripheral to the main problem of a cancer patient. That is, we pay more attention to their cancer than to their hair loss and pigmentation. These are unimportant are not as important as curing the patient of or giving them relief from cancer. A peripheral area of a city is its outlying area, its outskirts. Anything peripheral to a thing lies on the outer part of it. Peripheral nervous system is the system outside the central nervous system.

  • The fringe benefits an employee gets are peripheral to the basic salary the employee gets. The basic salary is a more important consideration than the allowances they get.
  • The peripheral areas of the city are not as polluted as the central areas of it. Fewer vehicles move about on the outskirts of the city and so there is less pollution there.
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