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PARENTHESIS (from Gr. 1rapev,rdAvat, ...

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 801 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PARENTHESIS (from Gr. 1rapev,rdAvat, put in alongside), the grammatical term denoting the insertion (and so also the signs for such insertion) of a word, phrase or sentence between other words or in another sentence, without interfering with the construction, and serving a qualifying, explanatory or supplementary purpose. In writing or printing such parenthetical words or sentences are marked off by commas, dashes, or, more usually, by square or semi-circular brackets.
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