What Does Parenthesis Mean?


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Parenthesis implies "either or both of the two punctuation marks "( )" used to enclose text, a sum, a product or a particular mathematical entity. Parenthesis can also contain written content that digresses from the main theme or topic. Even though what is written in a parenthesis deviates from the topic or subject in question, the matter in the parenthesis has some sort of relevance to the content which is outside it.

Here are a couple of examples of the usage of the parenthesis:
1. Peter has a won a date with Geri (the 'spice girl').
2. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was also known as the father of modern science.

The plural of the word parenthesis is "parentheses." Usually the latter is used because one employs two brackets to enclose text or numerals. It is believed that the word parenthesis first entered popular English literature in the middle of the 16th century.

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