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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.
Also, parenthetical.
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 parenthetical
  • Italic emphasis and parenthetical abbreviations are from the report.
  • But for me, student tuition deserves more than a parenthetical aside.
  • If your parenthetical comment was an attempt at humor, you might want to focus your time and energy on structuring arguments.
  • We added a parenthetical in the introductory text to clear up any confusion over who is pictured.
  • In conversation, they often detour into parenthetical tangents, never returning to the main point.
  • The example of parenthetical pyrotechnics in the paragraph above is a form of wordplay.
  • It depends on whether you have a parenthetical citation after the quotation.
  • In fact, the solicitation treats it as an afterthought, tucked away in a parenthetical aside.
  • There was a strange, allusive, parenthetical quality to the writing.
  • The parenthetical number at the end tells us the number of letters in the answer.
Word Origin and History for parenthetical

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
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