American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not inherent or essential; derived from something outside.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Added or derived from without; not intrinsic or essential; supplemental; additional. Also written ascititious.
- adj. derived or acquired from something extrinsic; not part of the real, inherent, or essential nature of a thing
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Supplemental; additional; adventitious; ascititious.
- adj. added or derived from something outside; not inherent
- adj. supplemental; not part of the real or essential nature of a thing
- From Latin adscitus, from past participle of adscisco ("admit"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin adscītus, past participle of adscīscere, to adopt : ad-, ad- + scīscere, to accept, inchoative of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Accordingly this motion, because it ceases not but when others cease is felt instantly, they deem perpetual and proper, all others adscititious.”
“Unsatisfied, however, with natural beauty (like the people of all other countries) they strive by adscititious embellishments to heighten attraction, and often with as little success.”
“All notice, and some enjoy, this adscititious literary overtone.”
“Cézanne was direct because he set himself a task which admitted of no adscititious flourishes -- the creation of form which should be entirely self-supporting and intrinsically significant,”
“We rob them of their amusing but adscititious qualities; we make them utterly uninteresting to precisely 99.99 per cent. of our fellow-creatures; and ourselves we make unpopular.”
“Also he was the first to recognize that an editor has some rights and prejudices, that certain words make him sick; that certain other words he reserves for his own use, -- "meticulous" once a year, "adscititious" once in a life time.”
“The Single Epicheirema is said to be of the First Order, if the adscititious proposition attach to the major premise; if to the minor, of the Second Order.”
“Now, the parenthesis, "as shown by the conformity, etc.," is an adscititious member of an Epicheirema, which may be stated, as a Prosyllogism, thus:”
“The Epicheirema is called Single or Double, says Hamilton, according as an "adscititious proposition" attaches to one or both of the premises.”
“In yesterday's paper (a very pretty one indeed) we had equiponderant, and another so hard I cannot remember it [adscititious], both in one sentence. ”
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