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adjunct

noun ad·junct \ ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)t \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of adjunct

1 : something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it
  • The website is designed as an adjunct to the book.
2 grammar
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 (such 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
3 a : an associate or assistant of another
b : an adjunct faculty member at a college or university (see 2adjunct 2)
4 : adjuvant b

adjunctive

play \a-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv, ə-\ adjective

Examples of adjunct in a Sentence

  1. 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 LewisNew York Times Book Review4 Nov. 2007
  2. As an adjunct to its basic educational role, the public library will increasingly serve as an access point to the resources of other libraries as well as to nonlibrary sources of publicly available information. —Fred LernerThe Story of Libraries(1945) 1998
  3. In A.D. 400 western Europe was merely a geographic expression. Roman civilization was centered on the Mediterranean, and France, England, and the Rhine valley were mere adjuncts of the Mediterranean world. —Norman F. CantorThe Civilization of the Middle Ages1993
  4. Massage therapy can be used as an adjunct along with the medication.

  5. In “They ate heartily,” the word heartily is an adjunct and in “We left at noon,” the phrase at noon is an adjunct.

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Breaking Down adjunct

With its prefix, ad-, meaning "to or toward", adjunct implies that one thing is "joined to" another. A car wash may be operated as an adjunct to a gas station. An adjunct professor is one who's attached to the college without being a full member of the salaried faculty. And anyone trying to expand his or her vocabulary will find that daily reading of a newspaper is a worthwhile adjunct to actual vocabulary study.

Origin and Etymology of adjunct

borrowed from Latin adjunctum "comcomitant factor," from neuter of adjunctus 2adjunct

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adjunct

adjective ad·junct \ ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)t \

Definition of adjunct

1 : added or joined as an accompanying object or circumstance
2 : attached in a subordinate or temporary capacity to a staff
  • an adjunct professor

adjunctly

play \ˈa-ˌjəŋ(k)-tlē, -ˌjəŋk-lē\ adverb

Examples of adjunct in a Sentence

  1. 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 EdutMs.August/September 1999
  2. There is a terrible shortage of jobs in the universities, where, increasingly, men and women with Ph.D.s hang on to various forms of underpaid adjunct posts. Believe me, it happens at Harvard, too. —Martin PeretzNew Republic5 July 1999
  3. Using his chauffeur-driven car as an adjunct office, the designer shuttles among the design ateliers of his three major collections: the one that bears his name; Chanel, and, after a seven-year hiatus, Chloé. —Carrie DonovanNew York Times Magazine11 Oct. 1992
  4. massage therapy as an adjunct treatment

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Origin and Etymology of adjunct

borrowed from Latin adjunctus, past participle of adjungere "to link up, join, add, attach" — more at adjoin

ADJUNCT Defined for English Language Learners

adjunct

noun

Definition of adjunct for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


adjunct

adjective

Definition of adjunct for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

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adjunct

noun ad·junct \ ˈaj-ˌəŋ(k)t \

medical Definition of adjunct

1 : a person associated with or assisting another in some duty or service
2 : adjuvant b
  • drugs used as short-term adjuncts in weight-loss programs

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adjunct

adjective

medical Definition of adjunct

1 : added or joined as an accompanying object or circumstance
2 : attached in a subordinate or temporary capacity to a staff
  • an adjunct psychiatrist


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