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or parenthetic

[par-uh n-thet-i-kuh l or par-uh n-thet-ik] /ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪ kəl or ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪk/
of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis:
several unnecessary parenthetic remarks.
characterized by the use of parentheses.
Origin of parenthetical
1620-30; < Greek parénthet(os) interpolated (verbid of parentithénai, equivalent to par- par- + en- en-2 + the-, variant stem of tithénai to put + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ic + -al1
Related forms
parentheticality, parentheticalness, noun
parenthetically, adverb
interparenthetic, adjective
interparenthetical, adjective
interparenthetically, adverb
unparenthetic, adjective
unparenthetical, adjective
unparenthetically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Listening is a great art," observed Mikulin parenthetically.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "Yes, dear; I find you insufferable," remarked Aunt Barbara parenthetically.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • parenthetically she acknowledged my presence with a pleasant smile.

  • “Only that in this case Eden guards the cherub,” observed Henderson, parenthetically.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • I may as well mention, parenthetically, that Dominico was rather an original in his way.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • “So they are,” observed the elder Mr. Weller, parenthetically.

  • It may be said parenthetically that he was a man of great ability.

  • parenthetically, one of the twins had an unfortunate inspiration.

    Whilomville Stories

    Stephen Crane
  • parenthetically, it was from this that he got his sobriquet of Diamond Jack.

    Gold Stewart White
  • parenthetically, these contents are invariably returned to their owners.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
Word Origin and History for parenthetically



1620s, from Medieval Latin parentheticus from Greek parenthetos "put in beside," verbal adjective from parentithenai; see parenthesis) + -al (1). Related: Parenthetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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