Definition of parenthetical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpærənˈθetɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærənˈθetɪkl//
(also parenthetic
BrE BrE//ˌpærənˈθetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærənˈθetɪk//
[usually before noun] (formal)
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given as extra information in a speech or piece of writing parenthetical remarks Word Originlate 18th cent.: from parenthesis, on the pattern of pairs such as synthesis, synthetic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parenthetical