[ ad-vuh n-tish-uh s ]
/ ˌæd vənˈtɪʃ əs /
associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.
Botany, Zoology. appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root.
Origin of adventitious
ad·ven·ti·tious·ly, adverbad·ven·ti·tious·ness, nounnon·ad·ven·ti·tious, adjectivenon·ad·ven·ti·tious·ly, adverb
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He expresses the unalloyed sensibility of an artist in terms of delicious contemporary life and gives us, adventitiously, romance.Since Czanne|Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for adventitiously
/ (ˌædvɛnˈtɪʃəs) /
added or appearing accidentally or unexpectedly
(of a plant or animal part) developing in an abnormal position, as a root that grows from a stem
Derived Formsadventitiously, adverb
Word Origin for adventitious
C17: from Latin adventīcius coming from outside, from adventus a coming
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Medicine definitions for adventitiously
[ ăd′vĕn-tĭsh′əs ]
Arising from an external source or occurring in an unusual place or manner; extrinsic.
Occurring accidentally or spontaneously, not caused by heredity.
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