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parenthesis /pəˈrɛnθɪsɪs/ n ( pl -ses / -ˌsiːz/)
  1. a phrase, often explanatory or qualifying, inserted into a passage with which it is not grammatically connected, and marked off by brackets, dashes, etc
  2. Also called: bracket either of a pair of characters, (), used to enclose such a phrase or as a sign of aggregation in mathematical or logical expressions
  3. an intervening occurrence; interlude; interval
  4. in parenthesisinserted as a parenthesis
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek: something placed in besides, from parentithenai, from para-1 + en-² + tithenai to put

parenthetic /ˌpærənˈθɛtɪk/, ˌparenˈthetical adj ˌparenˈthetically adv

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