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Examples of ancillary in a Sentence
- The lockout rocked the NHL, but among the ancillary benefits has been the emergence of young players who apprenticed for an additional season in the minors … —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 21 Nov. 2005
- I am in love with a man who is in love with boats. As far as ancillary loves are concerned, I understand things could be worse. Sadly, I do not love boats. —Ann Patchett, Gourmet, May 2003
- Traditionally museums have been built to house collections, and for ancillary functions such as storage, conservation, administration, and education. —Jayne Merkel, Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2002
- Paleolithic hunters and gatherers obtained an abundance of complete protein, mostly from wild game; their vegetable foods were an ancillary protein source. This pattern prevailed until agriculture transformed it, shifting the human diet away from meat and toward plant food. —S. Boyd Eaton et al., The Paleolithic Prescription, 1988
The company hopes to boost its sales by releasing ancillary products.
Recent Examples of ancillary from the Web
The company shed ancillary businesses and tweaked its central feed to highlight virality, turning Twitter into a bruising barroom brawl featuring the most contentious political and cultural fights of the day.
Any case of swaying James to stay in Cleveland features basketball as an almost ancillary point.
Airborne breakups of such ancillary parts typically haven’t been considered in safety analyses or mandatory certification standards for modern jet engines.
Telemundo holds the rights to broadcast the games in Spanish, and Fox had originally planned to offer ancillary programming, one of the ad buyers said.
Like Quinn, Davidson doesn’t seem distracted by any ancillary qualities his linemen might possess.
What’s more, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions and higher temperatures have a lot of ancillary effects that tend to attract less attention.
An ancillary question: Why doesn’t Trump just go ahead and fire Sessions?
My other faves were Enfys Nest (let’s see her Cloud Riders in some ancillary materials, Disney!), Rio Durant (RIP), and, of course, L3 (Bridge).
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Did You Know?
Ancillary derives from the English word ancilla, a somewhat rare word that means "an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult." That word derives from Latin, where it meant "female servant." While English "ancilla" is unlikely to be encountered except in very specialized contexts (such as philosophy or quantum computing), "ancillary" picks up on the notion of providing aid or support in a way that supplements something else. In particular, the word often describes something that is in a position of secondary importance, such as the "ancillary products in a company’s line."
ANCILLARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ancillary for English Language Learners
: providing something additional to a main part or function
medical Definition of ancillary
- use of a drug as ancillary to surgical treatment
- ancillary staff
- ancillary diagnostic services
medical Definition of ancillary
legal Definition of ancillary
- ancillary functions
- an ancillary agreement
- ancillary documents
- ancillary claims
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