from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Set off within or as if within parentheses; qualifying or explanatory: a parenthetical remark.
- adj. Using or containing parentheses.
- n. A parenthetical word, phrase, or remark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. using, containing, or within parentheses (like this)
- adj. that explains or qualifies something
- adj. that is incidental
- n. a word or phrase within parentheses
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of a parenthesis; expressed as or in a parenthesis: as, a parenthetical clause.
- Using or containing parentheses: as, a parenthetical style.
- Occurring like a parenthesis or episode; incidental.
- Curved; bowed; resembling in shape the marks called parentheses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses
- n. an expression in parentheses
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Churchill believed you could do what he called parenthetical praise; that later on, you could say, ` And, by the way, I've spoken to many audiences.
A correspondent from Armenia writes to ask about the origins of you know as a parenthetical conversational 'filler'.
But then the writer, who is really amusing himself by now, is all excited that he got to use the fifty-cent word "parenthetical" within a parenthetical, which is almost as good as having an intalicized footnote.
For reasons I'll get to in a minute, I wish that the parenthetical were a bit more artfully worded.
I'm still not sure how the so-called parenthetical bit gets into the sentence.
My parenthetical was a snide dig at the Pauls of the world who want their racism excused as simply "un-PC".
"My parenthetical was a snide dig at the Pauls of the world who want their racism excused as simply "un-PC"."
Another VV gem: after mentioning the death of a young woman he explained the circumstances in a two-word parenthetical: picnic, lightning.
* President Obama -- who is on vacation, hasn't said much, and that's okay from my perspective; though I don't recall a parenthetical statement such as "the White House Press office traveling with the President" in reports about Bush.
But then the writer, who is really amusing himself by now, is all excited that he got to use the fifty-cent word "parenthetical" within a parenthetical, which is almost as good as having an intalicized footnote. [
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