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adventitious

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adjective ad·ven·ti·tious \ˌad-(ˌ)ven-ˈti-shəs, -vən-\

Definition of adventitious

  1. 1 :  coming from another source and not inherent or innate <a Federal house without adventitious later additions>

  2. 2 :  arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location <adventitious roots>

ad·ven·ti·tious·ly adverb


Examples of adventitious

  1. <the point of view that art should be for art's sake and that moral considerations are adventitious to the study of art>



Origin of adventitious

Latin adventicius


First Known Use: 1603


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adventitious

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adjective ad·ven·ti·tious \-əs\

Medical Definition of adventitious

  1. 1a:  arising sporadically or in other than the usual location <an adventitious part in embryonic development>b:  occurring spontaneously or accidentally in a country or region to which it is not native <an adventitious insect>

  2. 2:  adventitial

  3. 3:  not congenital <adventitious deafness>

  4. ad·ven·ti·tious·ly adverb




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