Definition of parenthetical in English:

Share this entry

parenthetical

Pronunciation: /ˌpar(ə)nˈθɛtɪk(ə)l/

adjective

Relating to or inserted as a parenthesis: parenthetical remarks
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.
Synonyms
incidental, supplementary, by-the-way, by-the-by, in parentheses, parenthetic, in brackets;

Derivatives

parenthetic

Pronunciation: /par(ə)nˈθɛtɪk/
adjective

parenthetically

Pronunciation: /par(ə)nˈθɛtɪk(ə)li/
adverb
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.
Synonyms
incidentally, by the way, by the by(e), in passing, en passant, by way of explanation, in parenthesis
informal BTW

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: par¦en|thet¦ic¦al

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.