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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parenthetical expression, parentheticaladjective

    an expression in parentheses

    "his writing was full of parentheticals"

  2. parenthetic, parentheticaladjective

    qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses

    "parenthetical remarks"


  1. parentheticalnoun

    a word or phrase within parentheses

  2. parentheticaladjective

    using, containing, or within parentheses (like this)

  3. parentheticaladjective

    that explains or qualifies something

  4. parentheticaladjective

    that is incidental

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parentheticaladjective

    Pertaining to a parenthesis.

    Etymology: from parenthesis.


  1. parenthetical

    A bracket, as used in British English, is either of two tall fore- or back-facing punctuation marks commonly used to isolate a segment of text or data from its surroundings. Typically deployed in symmetric pairs, an individual bracket may be identified as a 'left' or 'right' bracket or, alternatively, an "opening bracket" or "closing bracket", respectively, depending on the directionality of the context. There are four primary types of brackets. In British usage they are known as round brackets (or simply "brackets"), square brackets, curly brackets, and angle brackets; in American usage they are respectively known as parentheses, brackets, braces, and chevrons. There are also various less common symbols considered brackets. Various forms of brackets are used in mathematics, with specific mathematical meanings, often for denoting specific mathematical functions and subformulas.


  1. parenthetical

    A parenthetical is an explanatory or qualifying word, clause, or sentence inserted into a passage. It's often set off from the main text by punctuation such as parentheses, commas, or dashes. The information given in a parenthetical can be important but not essential to the main sentence. It's an additional piece of information that helps add context or clarify meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parentheticaladjective

    of the nature of a parenthesis; pertaining to, or expressed in, or as in, a parenthesis; as, a parenthetical clause; a parenthetic remark

  2. Parentheticaladjective

    using or containing parentheses

  3. Etymology: [Cf. Gr. pare`nqetos.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parenthetical in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parenthetical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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