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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
Speed, which Ajayi lacks, may seem important in a zone scheme, but it’s ancillary to your ability to plant a foot and cut downhill.
Proponents have touted the project's investment potential and job creation, including an expected 22,000 ancillary and 10,000 construction jobs.
That doesn’t include any ancillary development or larger roads to handle increased traffic.
Does the network have ancillary services, such as rehabilitation, therapy, cosmetologists and psychologists who are well-qualified to help you and your family through the entire process?
If those numbers seem onerous, digest this: United flew 31 percent fewer people than American, but made 27 percent more in ancillary revenue.
Meanwhile, Majora’s Mask delved into loss and grief as ancillary characters come to terms with their deaths in light of a looming natural disaster.
While there’s unlikely to be much surrounding Trump and possible ties to Vladimir Putin, investigators are likely to dig up a lot of ancillary sleaze.
Woodside, based in Australia, and Sempra have partnered on the project on the Texas Gulf Coast that is designed to include two natural gas liquefaction trains, LNG storage tanks, marine berths and ancillary facilities.
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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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