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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.


(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"


Marked by or given to digression:
References in classic literature ?
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.
9) Besides alliteration, one can add syntactic packaging, parenthetic interruption, anaphora and expansion-contraction of verses--all borrowed from Whitman.
wb] is the ambient outdoor air wet-bulb temperature and the superscript + denotes that the parenthetic quantity equals zero when it evaluates to a negative value.
131; parenthetic exclamation point in the original).
Parenthetic page references herein are to this book.
Beyond the ironically parenthetic assurance of "authenticity" via the recovered manuscript--itself a well-established parodic conceit--the author cements the texts' connection by flagging up their common ground:
Other translingual features in postcolonial texts include: editorial intrusions such as the footnote, the glossing or parenthetic translation, as well as untranslated words, interlanguage, and syntactic fusion.
As much as conveying semantic information, these parenthetic or comment clauses have a melodic effect: marked by a lower key and a narrowed pitch range, they generate a midline tonal dip that offsets the wider range and scope of the melodic contours surrounding them.
Modulus of a possible evening, that parenthetic zenith--a wanderer in wintertime--, and the "non-patterned" sun had formed the valley where the Usher mansion lay.