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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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  • Fourth, enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.
  • parenthetic expressions are word groups that are not essential to the meaning of a sentence.
  • To enclose a parenthetic clause where the interruption is too great to be.
  • The parenthetic values are again standard deviations over depth.

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