from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Set off within or as if within parentheses; qualifying or explanatory.
  • adjective Using or containing parentheses.
  • noun A parenthetical word, phrase, or remark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective using, containing, or within parentheses (like this)
  • adjective that explains or qualifies something
  • adjective that is incidental
  • noun a word or phrase within parentheses

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses
  • noun an expression in parentheses


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