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Question:

Which of the answer choices gives the best definition for the underlined word in the following sentence?
With all of the planning that preceded her daughter's wedding, Marci decided that picking out a new paint color for her own living room was largely peripheral.

A unimportant
explanation

While planning her daughter's wedding, Marci is likely to find picking out a paint color for the living room important. Choosing a paint color might also be meaningless the moment, but it is not without meaning altogether. It is not simply not as important.
- "meaningless" infers more than the sentence implies.
- "contrived" could be forced into the sentence (if Marci was looking for a distraction from the stress of wedding planning, for instance), but it is not natural, and it is certainly not a synonym for peripheral.
- "disappointing" makes little sense in the context of the sentence.