parenthetic par`en*thet"ic (p[a^]r`[e^]n*th[e^]t"[i^]k), parenthetical par`en*thet"ic*al (p[a^]r`[e^]n*th[e^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [Cf. Gr. pare`nqetos.] 1. Of the nature of a parenthesis; pertaining to, or expressed in, or as if in, a parenthesis; as, a parenthetical clause; a parenthetic remark; a parenthetical style. [WordNet sense 1] [1913 Webster]

A parenthetical observation of Moses himself. --Hales. [1913 Webster]

2. Using or containing parentheses. [1913 Webster]

3. Added within parentheses to amplify or explain; as, parenthetical remarks. [WordNet sense 2] [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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