Definition of parenthetical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌperənˈTHedək(ə)l/


Relating to or inserted as a parenthesis: ignore the parenthetical remarks that pockmark every page
More example sentences
  • The inclusion of a parenthetical clause, as in this case, would not normally alter the meaning of the provision into which it is inserted though what is required to satisfy it may well be different.
  • Providing parenthetical information or explanatory footnotes on those not discussed in the introductions might have been more helpful than relegating the information to the index.
  • For Avison, at this stage of her career and life, it appears only as a parenthetical insertion, a possibility.
incidental, supplementary, in brackets, in parentheses, parenthetic;
explanatory, qualifying



Pronunciation: /ˌperənˈTHedik/


Pronunciation: /ˌperənˈTHedək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • This was clearly not my primary concern and was mentioned only parenthetically in the last paragraph of my letter.
  • In this collection of old, new, and revised essays, he mentions gender considerations or feminism and feminist scholarship only parenthetically and intermittently.
  • The relative importance values are shown parenthetically in Table 4.


Late 18th century: from parenthesis, on the pattern of pairs such as synthesis, synthetic.

Words that rhyme with parenthetical

alphabetical, arithmetical, heretical, hypothetical, metathetical, metical, poetical, prophetical, reticle, synthetical, theoretical

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Syllabification: par·en·thet·i·cal

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