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Definitions for adjunct
ˈædʒ ʌŋktad·junct

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adjunctnoun

    something added to another thing but not an essential part of it

  2. adjunctnoun

    a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another

  3. adjunctadjective

    a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence

  4. accessory, adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliaryadjective

    furnishing added support

    "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other"

  5. adjunct, assistantadjective

    of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another


  1. adjunctnoun

    An appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity.

  2. adjunctnoun

    A person associated with another in a subordinate position.

  3. adjunctnoun

    A dispensable phrase in a clause or sentence that amplifies its meaning, such as "for a while" in "I typed for a while".

  4. adjunctnoun


  5. adjunctadjective

    Connected in a subordinate function.

  6. adjunctadjective

    Added to a faculty or staff in a secondary position.

  7. Etymology: From adiunctus, perfect passive participle of adiungo, from ad + iungo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Adjunctadjective

    United with; immediately consequent.

    So well, that what you bid me undertake,
    Though that my death were adjunct to my act,
    I’d do’t. William Shakespeare, King John.

  2. ADJUNCTnoun

    Etymology: adjunctum, Lat.

    Learning is but an adjunct to ourself,
    And where we are, our learning likewise is. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.

    But I make haste to consider you as abstracted from a court, which (if you will give me leave to use a term of logick) is only an adjunct, not a propriety, of happiness. John Dryden, Aureng. Ded.

    The talent of discretion, as I have described it in its several adjuncts and circumstances, is no where so serviceable as to the clergy. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

    He made him the associate of his heir apparent, together with the lord Cottington (as an adjunct of singular experience and trust) in foreign travels, and in a business of love. Henry Wotton.


  1. adjunct

    An adjunct is something that is added to or connected with something else, yet is not essentially a part of it. It is typically used to refer to non-essential elements in grammar or adjunct professors in academia. It can also refer to something that enhances or supplements something else when used.

  2. adjunct

    An adjunct is something that is added to or connected with something else, but is less important or not essential. It typically serves to enhance or contribute to the main component. The term is often used in different fields such as grammar, where it refers to a word or phrase that adds extra information in a sentence, and in academics, where it describes a part-time or temporary member of the teaching staff.

  3. adjunct

    In a general context, an adjunct is something that is added or attached to something else, but is not essentially a part of it. It often serves to complement, supplement, or enhance the thing it is connected to. This term is used widely in different fields such as linguistics, in which it refers to a word or phrase that adds optional information to a sentence, and higher education, where it denotes a part-time or temporary member of the teaching staff.

  4. adjunct

    An adjunct is an additional element or a supplement that is added to something, contributing to its functionality or character, but not necessarily essential to it. In the field of linguistics, it refers to a word, phrase, or clause that can be removed from a sentence without making it grammatically incorrect. In academic terms, an adjunct is a part-time or non-tenure track faculty who are hired by institutions on a contractual basis. In brewing, adjuncts are unmalted grains (such as corn, rice, rye, oats, barley, and wheat) or grain products used in brewing beer which supplement the main mash ingredient (such as malted barley), often with the intention of cutting costs, but sometimes to create an additional feature, such as better foam retention.

  5. adjunct

    An adjunct is something that is added or connected to a larger or more important thing, but is not essential to it. It mainly serves as a supplementary or secondary part. The term is commonly used in various fields such as linguistics, where it refers to a word, phrase, or clause that adds information to a sentence, and in academia, where it describes a part-time or temporary member of the faculty.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adjunctadjective

    conjoined; attending; consequent

  2. Adjunctnoun

    something joined or added to another thing, but not essentially a part of it

  3. Adjunctnoun

    a person joined to another in some duty or service; a colleague; an associate

  4. Adjunctnoun

    a word or words added to quality or amplify the force of other words; as, the History of the American Revolution, where the words in italics are the adjunct or adjuncts of "History."

  5. Adjunctnoun

    a quality or property of the body or the mind, whether natural or acquired; as, color, in the body, judgment in the mind

  6. Adjunctnoun

    a key or scale closely related to another as principal; a relative or attendant key. [R.] See Attendant keys, under Attendant, a

  7. Etymology: [L. adjunctus, p. p. of adjungere. See Adjoin.]


  1. Adjunct

    In linguistics, an adjunct is an optional, or structurally dispensable, part of a sentence, clause, or phrase that, when removed, will not affect the remainder of the sentence except to discard from it some auxiliary information. A more detailed definition of the adjunct emphasizes its attribute as a modifying form, word, or phrase that depends on another form, word, or phrase, being an element of clause structure with adverbial function. An adjunct is not an argument, and an argument is not an adjunct. The argument-adjunct distinction is central in most theories of syntax and semantics. The terminology used to denote arguments and adjuncts can vary depending on the theory at hand. Some dependency grammars, for instance, employ the term circonstant, following Tesnière. The area of grammar that explores the nature of predicates, their arguments, and adjuncts is called valency theory. Predicates have a valence; they determine the number and type of arguments that can or must appear in their environment. The valence of predicates is also investigated in terms of subcategorization.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adjunct

    ad′junkt, adj. joined or added to.—n. the thing joined or added, as a qualifying addition to a name expressing any personal quality, or the like: a person joined to another in some office or service: (gram.) any word or clause enlarging the subject or predicate: (logic) any accompanying quality or non-essential attribute.—n. Adjunc′tion, the act of joining: the thing joined.—adj. Adjunct′ive, joining.—advs. Adjunct′ively, Adjunct′ly, in connection with. [L. See Join.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjunct in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjunct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of adjunct in a Sentence

  1. Christine Jellis:

    I wouldn’t want people to be sort of falsely reassured and therefore stop going and seeing their physicians, but I think to be used as an adjunct for people to be extra motivated about improving certain factors, I think that could be a very useful tool.

  2. Germaine Greer:

    She will be seen as an adjunct to him.

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    A transparent
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    C alternate
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