or par·en·thet·ic

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


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

Examples from the Web for parenthetically

Historical Examples of parenthetically

  • "Listening is a great art," observed Mikulin parenthetically.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Yes, dear; I find you insufferable," remarked Aunt Barbara parenthetically.


    E. F. Benson

  • Parenthetically she acknowledged my presence with a pleasant smile.

  • “Only that in this case Eden guards the cherub,” observed Henderson, parenthetically.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • I may as well mention, parenthetically, that Dominico was rather an original in his way.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

Word Origin and History for parenthetically



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