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parenthetical

[ par-uhn-thet-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪ kəl /
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adjective

of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis: several unnecessary parenthetic remarks.
characterized by the use of parentheses.

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Also par·en·thet·ic [par-uhn-thet-ik] /ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪk/ .

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

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