parenthetical
parenthetic par`en*thet"ic (p[a^]r`[e^]n*th[e^]t"[i^]k), parenthetical par`en*thet"ic*al (p[a^]r`[e^]n*th[e^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [Cf. Gr. pare`nqetos.] 1. Of the nature of a parenthesis; pertaining to, or expressed in, or as if in, a parenthesis; as, a parenthetical clause; a parenthetic remark; a parenthetical style. [WordNet sense 1] [1913 Webster]

A parenthetical observation of Moses himself. --Hales. [1913 Webster]

2. Using or containing parentheses. [1913 Webster]

3. Added within parentheses to amplify or explain; as, parenthetical remarks. [WordNet sense 2] [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • parenthetical — [par΄ən thet′i kəl] adj. 〚ML parentheticus〛 1. a) of or having the nature of a parenthesis b) placed within parentheses: see PARENTHESIS, sense 2 2. interjected as qualifying infor …   Universalium

  • parenthetical — index nonessential Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • parenthetical — (adj.) 1620s, from M.L. parentheticus, from Gk. parenthetos put in beside, from parentithenai (see PARENTHESIS (Cf. parenthesis)). Related: Parenthetically …   Etymology dictionary

  • parenthetical — [adj] incidental bracketed, by the way, episodic, explanatory, extraneous, extrinsic, incidental, in parenthesis, inserted, intermediate, interposed, qualifying, related, subordinate; concepts 544,577 Ant. basic, consequential, important …   New thesaurus

  • parenthetical — [par΄ən thet′i kəl] adj. [ML parentheticus] 1. a) of or having the nature of a parenthesis b) placed within parentheses: see PARENTHESIS, sense 2 2. interjected as qualifying information or explanation 3. using or containing parentheses …   English World dictionary

  • parenthetical — [[t]pæ̱rənθe̱tɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A parenthetical remark or section is put into something written or spoken but is not essential to it. Fox was making a long parenthetical remark about his travels on the border of the country. Derived… …   English dictionary

  • parenthetical — I noun an expression in parentheses his writing was full of parentheticals • Syn: ↑parenthetical expression • Hypernyms: ↑adjunct II adjective qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses …   Useful english dictionary

  • parenthetical — par|en|thet|i|cal [ˌpærənˈθetıkəl] adj also par|en|thet|ic [ ˈθetık] formal said or written while you are talking or writing about something else in order to explain something or add information ▪ parenthetical references to his childhood… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • parenthetical — par|en|thet|i|cal [ ,perən θetıkl ] adjective not directly connected with what you are saying or writing: a parenthetical remark ╾ par|en|thet|i|cal|ly [ ,perən θetıkli ] adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • parenthetical — UK [ˌpærənˈθetɪk(ə)l] / US [ˌperənˈθetɪk(ə)l] adjective not directly connected with what you are saying or writing a parenthetical remark Derived word: parenthetically UK [ˌpærənˈθetɪklɪ] / US [ˌperənˈθetɪklɪ] adverb …   English dictionary

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