noun ad·junct \ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)t\

: something that is joined or added to another thing but is not an essential part of it

grammar : a word or phrase (such as an adverb or prepositional phrase) that provides added information about the meaning of a verb in a sentence by expressing a relation of time, place, manner, etc.

Full Definition of ADJUNCT

:  something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it
a :  a word or word group that qualifies or completes the meaning of another word or other words and is not itself a main structural element in its sentence
b :  an adverb or adverbial phrase (as heartily in They ate heartily or at noon in We left at noon) attached to the verb of a clause especially to express a relation of time, place, frequency, degree, or manner — compare disjunct 2
a :  an associate or assistant of another
b :  an adjunct faculty member at a college or university (see 2adjunct)
:  adjuvant b
ad·junc·tive \a-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv, ə-\ adjective

Examples of ADJUNCT

  1. Massage therapy can be used as an adjunct along with the medication.
  2. In They ate heartily, the word heartily is an adjunct and in We left at noon, the phrase at noon is an adjunct.
  3. Because Joseph Ellis has been an outspoken critic of social and women's history, he appears a peculiar choice to write the foreword, despite his many publications on the Revolutionary era. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he treats Abigail here more as her husband's adjunct and supporter than as her own woman. —Anthony Lewis, New York Times Book Review, 4 Nov. 2007

Origin of ADJUNCT

Latin adjunctum, from neuter of adjunctus, past participle of adjungere
First Known Use: 1588


adjective ad·junct \ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)t\

: added or joined in order to be used with something

: added to a teaching staff for only a short time or in a lower position than other staff

Full Definition of ADJUNCT

:  added or joined as an accompanying object or circumstance
:  attached in a subordinate or temporary capacity to a staff <an adjunct professor>
ad·junct·ly \ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)-tlē, -ˌjəŋk-lē\ adverb

Examples of ADJUNCT

  1. massage therapy as an adjunct treatment
  2. But it's Sainte-Marie's less-well-known life as a computer geek—and an adjunct professor of digital art, Native American studies, and philosophy at several universities—that brings her to midtown Manhattan today. —Ophira Edut, Ms., August/September 1999

Origin of ADJUNCT

(see 1adjunct)
First Known Use: 1594

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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