[ par-uhn-thet-i-kuhl ]
See synonyms for: parentheticalparenthetically on

  1. of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis: several unnecessary parenthetic remarks.

  2. characterized by the use of parentheses.

Origin of parenthetical

First recorded in 1620–30; from 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
  • Also par·en·thet·ic [par-uhn-thet-ik] /ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪk/ .

Other words from parenthetical

  • par·en·thet·i·cal·i·ty [par-uhn-thet-i-kal-i-tee], /ˌpær ənˌθɛt ɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, par·en·thet·i·cal·ness, noun
  • par·en·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·par·en·thet·ic, adjective
  • in·ter·par·en·thet·i·cal, adjective
  • un·par·en·thet·ic, adjective
  • un·par·en·thet·i·cal, adjective

Words Nearby parenthetical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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