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1. Of secondary importance; subordinate: "For Degas, sculpture was never more than ancillary to his painting" (Herbert Read).
2. Auxiliary or accessory: an ancillary pump.
n. pl. an·cil·lar·ies
1. Something that is subordinate or accessory to something else: a tripod, battery charger, and other camera ancillaries.
2. A person working in a supportive or subordinate role: school ancillaries who look after children who become sick.
2. auxiliary; supplementary: ancillary services.
n, pl -laries
a subsidiary or auxiliary thing or person: the company has an ancillary abroad.
[C17: from Latin ancillāris concerning maidservants, from ancilla, diminutive of ancūla female servant]
an•cil•lar•y(ˈæn səˌlɛr i; esp. Brit. ænˈsɪl ə ri)
adj., n., pl. -lar•ies. adj.
1. subordinate; subsidiary.
2. auxiliary; assisting.n.
3. something that serves in an ancillary capacity.
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|Adj.||1.||ancillary - furnishing added support; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other"|
supportive - furnishing support or assistance; "a supportive family network"; "his family was supportive of his attempts to be a writer"