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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