parenthetical

or par·en·thet·ic

[par-uh n-thet-i-kuh l or par-uh n-thet-ik]

adjective

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 formspar·en·thet·i·cal·i·ty, par·en·thet·i·cal·ness, nounpar·en·thet·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·par·en·thet·ic, adjectivein·ter·par·en·thet·i·cal, adjectivein·ter·par·en·thet·i·cal·ly, adverbun·par·en·thet·ic, adjectiveun·par·en·thet·i·cal, adjectiveun·par·en·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for parenthetic

parenthetical

adj.

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

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