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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Definitions for adventitious

  1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  2. (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."

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Citations for adventitious
The snag is that the play's inflamed and adventitious topicality may distract people from the timelessness of its deepest concerns. Paul Taylor, Independent
I want first to argue that Nietzsche's contempt for democracy was an adventitious extra, inessential to his overall philosophical outlook. Richard Rorty,
Origin of adventitious
Adventitious comes from Latin adventicius, "coming from without, from outside sources," from the past participle of advenire, "to come towards or to; (of events) to happen," from ad- "to" + venire, "to come."
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