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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
Gibson is saddled with the task of playing several ancillary characters as well as The Boy, and while some of these characters succeed others feel indistinguishable from the rest.
Many of the monastery's ancillary buildings were added upon his arrival.
When hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in ticket sales and ancillary businesses, no one is irreplaceable.
The governments of Poland and Bulgaria have so far been unable to end the ancillary activities.
The entire budget for the new building — including land, demolition and other ancillary costs — is $193 million.
The move to bulk up these ancillary products could be a defense against the potential weakening of Facebook’s main stock and trade, the social network itself.
When talking about ratios, some memory care centers may include ancillary staff members like cleaning or kitchen staff to give the appearance of a better ratio than the actual proportion of professional staff to residents.
For its entire nine-year run in Oklahoma, the Thunder has drafted and developed homegrown talent and acquired ancillary pieces from other organizations to supplement the core.
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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."
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