or par·en·thet·ic

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. parenteric fever,
  2. parentese,
  3. parentheses,
  4. parenthesis,
  5. parenthesize,
  6. parenthood,
  7. parenticide,
  8. parenting,
  9. parentless,
  10. parents anonymous

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for parenthetic



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