Meaning of parenthesis


A parenthesis is a tall, curvy punctuation mark used to set off material that isn’t fundamental to the main topic, like an afterthought or an aside (or a funny joke).

Parenthesis marks come in pairs: the plural is spelled “parentheses.” Parentheses look like this: ( ). When you use parentheses to set off material in a sentence, you say that the material is “in parenthesis.” Put something in parentheses if it’s a comment, an afterthought, or additional information that is possibly interesting but not essential to the subject. You can also describe something as a parenthesis, like a digressive story about horses in the middle of a political speech.

Definitions of parenthesis
  1. noun

    either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material

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    type of:

    punctuation, punctuation mark

    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

  2. noun

    a message that departs from the main subject


    aside, digression, divagation, excursus, tangent

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    type of:

    content, message, subject matter, substance

    what a communication that is about something is about

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