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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. 2017.
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  • It must be said, however, parenthetically, that his statistics scarcely challenge implicit confidence.

  • I may as well mention, parenthetically, that Dominico was rather an original in his way.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
  • parenthetically, it should be pointed out that the matter has a good deal more than academic interest.

    The Great Illusion Norman Angell
  • It may be said parenthetically that he was a man of great ability.

  • The most remarkable result of the Essay on Man, it may be parenthetically noticed, was its effect upon Voltaire.

    Alexander Pope Leslie Stephen
  • parenthetically, one of the twins had an unfortunate inspiration.

    Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
  • It is parenthetically to be noted how his afternoon fears of the impermanence of the Agence Moignon had vanished.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • It may be parenthetically remarked that his own game was faro.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • She met them now, but only, as she felt, in transit; they included her parenthetically in a larger flight.

  • "I suppose I seem awfully old to you," said the colonel, parenthetically.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
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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