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parenthetical

or par·en·thet·ic

[par-uh n-thet-i-kuh l or par-uh n-thet-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis: several unnecessary parenthetic remarks.
  2. characterized by the use of parentheses.
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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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Related Words

departingdiscursiveexcursiveparentheticalramblingtangentialdiffering

Examples from the Web for parenthetic

Historical Examples

  • Good specimen of the "annotative" style with a parenthetic comment.

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    Xenophon

  • The smooth gliding of the voice in parenthetic clauses, etc.

  • Nay, I dont mean on the score of veracity, for William Henry had flushed crimson, but from its parenthetic nature.

  • Bounce paused, in the midst of his mental energy, to take a parenthetic whiff.

  • And now, let me return from this parenthetic information to my forlorn self, drearily surveying my "hermetically sealed" dwelling.


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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