One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘do not allow extraneous considerations to influence your judgement’
irrelevant, immaterial, beside the point, not to the point, neither here nor there, nothing to do with it, not pertinent, not germane, not to the purpose, off the subject, unrelated, unconnected, inapposite, inappropriate, inapplicable, inconsequential, incidental, pointless, out of place, wide of the mark, peripheral, tangential
2‘extraneous influences came to bear’
external, outside, exterior, extrinsic, outward, adventitious, alien, foreign
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