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Related to adscititious: adumbrate, absquatulate, canorous, comminatory


Not inherent or essential; derived from something outside.

[From Latin adscītus, past participle of adscīscere, to adopt : ad-, ad- + scīscere, to accept, inchoative of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]


added or supplemental; additional
[C17: from Latin adscītus admitted (from outside), from adscīscere to admit, from scīscere to seek to know, from scīre to know]
ˌadsciˈtitiously adv


(ˌæd sɪˈtɪʃ əs)

added or derived from an external source; additional.
[1610–20; < Latin a(d)scīt(us) derived, assumed + -itious]
ad`sci•ti′tious•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adscititious - added or derived from something outside; not inherent; "an adscititious habit rather than an inherent taste"
extrinsic - not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside; "extrinsic evidence"; "an extrinsic feature of the new building"; "that style is something extrinsic to the subject"; "looking for extrinsic aid"
2.adscititious - supplemental; not part of the real or essential nature of a thing; "adscititious vowels"
inessential, unessential - not basic or fundamental


Not part of the real or essential nature of a thing:
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