adventitious


ad·ven·ti·tious

adjective \ˌad-(ˌ)ven-ˈti-shəs, -vən-\

Definition of ADVENTITIOUS

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

ad·ven·ti·tious

adjective \-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ADVENTITIOUS

1
a : 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>
3
: not congenital <adventitious deafness>
ad·ven·ti·tious·ly adverb

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