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adj. also par·en·thet·ic (-ĭk)
1. Set off within or as if within parentheses; qualifying or explanatory: a parenthetical remark.
2. Using or containing parentheses.
A parenthetical word, phrase, or remark.

par′en·thet′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌpær ənˈθɛt ɪk)

also par`en•thet′i•cal,

1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a parenthesis: parenthetic remarks.
2. using or placed within parentheses.
[1770–80; < Greek parénthet(os) interpolated (verbal adj. of parentithénai=par- par- + en- en-2 + tithénai to put, place) + -ic + -al1]
par`en•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.parenthetic - qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses; "parenthetical remarks"
incidental, incident - (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; "incidental expenses"; "the road will bring other incidental advantages"; "extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion incidental to a quick change"
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Marked by or given to digression:
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References in classic literature ?
"Hark at that child!" cried Mrs Durbeyfield, with parenthetic admiration.
"Upon my word, she's playing her hand rather too openly," Miss Wirt thought; but this observation is merely parenthetic, and was not heard through the crevice of the door at which the governess uttered it.
Glegg's suggestion that she would do well to let her five hundred lie still until a good investment turned up; and, further, his parenthetic hint at his handsome provision for her in case of his death.
Bartle kept his eye on the moving figure till it passed into the darkness, while Vixen, in a state of divided affection, had twice run back to the house to bestow a parenthetic lick on her puppies.
Linguists explore the semantics and pragmatics of secondary information in an utterance-asides, or parenthetic phrases that may enhance meaning, but are not essential to it.
Examples would be (ATT)n or (GTTAC)n, where the parenthetic set of nucleotides repeats in a row n times.
My goal was to juxtapose a contemporary personal view of the camps (in the '80s) with the historical black and white that everybody has housed in their head." (3) As Friedman notes with his parenthetic clarification, the camps he photographed in the 1980s are not the camps as they exist today.
Sen's clearest statement on the motivational aspect of actions based on sympathy comes in an unfortunately cryptic parenthetic remark which, for ease of analysis, I divide into four parts--[a], [b], [c] and [d]; the italics are Sen's:
There is a marker in the Greek that suggests the proverbial nature of the phrase: [phrase omitted] (phasi), "as they say." The parenthetic verb places the expression within an array of common ways of saying, and does it explicitly, calling the reader to recognize it.
Most tend to identify almost all large PD-L1-staining mononuclear immune cells as macrophages; thus, the parenthetic clarification "tumor cells, lymphocytes, and macrophages" in the formal CPS definition has proven to be an effective means of training pathologists.
Unfortunately, both volumes are replete with parenthetic superfluous comments that distract from the main line of argument.
After using the upper bound for [??] (t) given in (32) and completing the squares for the parenthetic terms, [??] can be upper bounded as