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[aj-uhngkt] /ˈædʒ ʌŋkt/
something added to another thing but not essential to it.
a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant.
a person working at an institution, as a college or university, without having full or permanent status:
My lawyer works two nights a week as an adjunct, teaching business law at the college.
Grammar. a modifying form, word, or phrase depending on some other form, word, or phrase, especially an element of clause structure with adverbial function.
joined or associated, especially in an auxiliary or subordinate relationship.
attached or belonging without full or permanent status:
an adjunct surgeon on the hospital staff.
Origin of adjunct
1580-90; < Latin adjunctus joined to (past participle of adjungere), equivalent to ad- ad- + jung- (nasal variant of jug- yoke1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
adjunctly, adverb
1. appendix, supplement. See addition. 2. aide, attaché. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adjunct
  • It seems like colleges just pick a number, maybe an “industry standard,” and pay adjunct faculty members that amount per course.
  • Maisto, until recently a part-time adjunct professor at two Ohio colleges, grades papers in a cafe.
  • At present, the majority are adjunct therapies to existing chemotherapy treatments.
  • These readings are intended as an adjunct to general history texts and a corrective against the bias of a single author.
  • Used with respect, it has enormous potential as a tool for investigating human consciousness and as an adjunct for psychotherapy.
  • Academic rank and series, likely in the adjunct series, will be commensurate with experience and training.
  • At a university with quality professors, the textbooks are an adjunct to the lecture, not a substitution or a recitation.
  • Today it has 10 full-time professors and a half-dozen adjunct professors.
  • In the adjunct studies, on the other hand, the numbers are not limited.
  • She is an instructor there, not an adjunct professor.
British Dictionary definitions for adjunct


something incidental or not essential that is added to something else
a person who is subordinate to another
  1. part of a sentence other than the subject or the predicate
  2. (in systemic grammar) part of a sentence other than the subject, predicator, object, or complement; usually a prepositional or adverbial group
  3. part of a sentence that may be omitted without making the sentence ungrammatical; a modifier
(logic) another name for accident (sense 4)
added or connected in a secondary or subordinate position; auxiliary
Derived Forms
adjunctive (əˈdʒʌŋktɪv) adjective
adjunctly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin adjunctus, past participle of adjungere to adjoin
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Word Origin and History for adjunct

1580s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united;" as a noun, "a characteristic, essential attribute," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin).


1590s, from Latin adjunctus "closely connected, joined, united," past participle of adjungere "join to" (see adjoin). Adjunct professor is 1826, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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