- something added to another thing but not essential to it.
- a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant.
- a person working at an institution, as a college or university, without having full or permanent status: My lawyer works two nights a week as an adjunct, teaching business law at the college.
- Grammar. a modifying form, word, or phrase depending on some other form, word, or phrase, especially an element of clause structure with adverbial function.
- joined or associated, especially in an auxiliary or subordinate relationship.
- attached or belonging without full or permanent status: an adjunct surgeon on the hospital staff.
Origin of adjunct
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Related Wordsappendage, auxiliary, associate, complement, detail, accessory, supplement, appendix, subordinate, partner, addendum, appurtenance
Examples from the Web for adjunct
She appeared at his side, impish smile in place, dutiful, fragrantly rather than ferociously sexy, and—frustratingly—an adjunct.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
At first Wales and Sanger conceived of Wikipedia merely as an adjunct to Nupedia, sort of like a feeder product or farm team.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Bouts of landays may be a formal part of a family gathering or may emerge more spontaneously as an adjunct to collective labor.Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women
April 6, 2014
“They got letters,” says Simo Muir, adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Helsinki University.The Jews Who Fought for Hitler: ‘We Did Not Help the Germans. We Had a Common Enemy’
March 10, 2014
The students I teach as an adjunct are pointed toward midlevel careers.We Overvalue College
September 11, 2011
What remains of the former cathedral is now an adjunct to a hotel.The Cathedrals of Northern France
When I get a photograph I treasure it as an adjunct to the sketch.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
As an adjunct to class work, the travelling library is proposed.The Arena
Sails can sometimes be used with advantage on the komatik as an adjunct.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
If the adjunct is placed elsewhere, different considerations apply."Stops"
- something incidental or not essential that is added to something else
- a person who is subordinate to another
- part of a sentence other than the subject or the predicate
- (in systemic grammar) part of a sentence other than the subject, predicator, object, or complement; usually a prepositional or adverbial group
- part of a sentence that may be omitted without making the sentence ungrammatical; a modifier
- logic another name for accident (def. 4)
- added or connected in a secondary or subordinate position; auxiliary
Word Origin and History for adjunct
1580s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united;" as a noun, "a characteristic, essential attribute," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin).
1590s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin). Adjunct professor is 1826, American English.