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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 wonder of those moments are what turn just another ancillary marketing tool into a lasting memory.
What could become a thoughtful exploration of right-wing radicalization leads to a baffling subplot about PTSD, and Glaspie’s investigation begins to feel increasingly ancillary.
To be clear, none of the aforementioned players are ancillary athletes with flagging careers.
Dedicated buttons for important ancillary functions would improve the situation.
Also, an ancillary issue that might get steam from all this?
The problem is that many ancillary pages are affected by whatever the editors collectively decide.
Integration - Provide connectivity with ancillary facilities such as the sheriff's office and jail, co-location with related justice agencies where practical, and consideration of courts consolidation within one complex.
The program prepares parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers and ancillary school staff to spot the signs of trauma in a child as young as age 4.
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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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