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[par-uh n-thet-ik] /ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪk/
of, pertaining to, noting, or of the nature of a parenthesis:
several unnecessary parenthetic remarks.
characterized by the use of parentheses.
Origin of parenthetic
1770-80; back formation from parenthetical < 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 forms
parentheticality, parentheticalness, noun
parenthetically, adverb
interparenthetic, adjective
interparenthetical, adjective
interparenthetically, adverb
unparenthetic, adjective
unparenthetical, adjective
unparenthetically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for parenthetically
  • parenthetically, it's the only one of the top five who grew market share last year.
  • parenthetically, it's impossible for me not to sympathize with him.
  • And no poet's reputation, it can be said parenthetically, is taken for granted either.
  • It is, parenthetically, one of the best performances she has given.
  • Disclosure may be made either in a footnote or parenthetically on the face of the income statement.
  • Commission reports derived from the hearings are noted parenthetically.
  • Additional personnel strength, including consultants, may be indicated parenthetically.
  • The wording in which each motion was adopted or otherwise disposed of, noting only parenthetically if it was debated or amended.

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