Definition of "adjunct" []

  • Something attached to another in a dependent or subordinate position. See Synonyms at appendage. (noun)
  • A person associated with another in a subordinate or auxiliary capacity. (noun)
  • Grammar A clause or phrase added to a sentence that, while not essential to the sentence's structure, amplifies its meaning, such as for several hours in We waited for several hours. (noun)
  • Logic A nonessential attribute of a thing. (noun)
  • Added or connected in a subordinate or auxiliary capacity: an adjunct clause. (adjective)
  • Something incidental or not essential that is added to something else (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who is subordinate to another (noun)
  • Part of a sentence other than the subject or the predicate (noun)
  • (in systemic grammar) part of a sentence other than the subject, predicator, object, or complement; usually a prepositional or adverbial group (noun)
  • Part of a sentence that may be omitted without making the sentence ungrammatical; a modifier (noun)
  • Added or connected in a secondary or subordinate position; auxiliary (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "adjunct" in a sentence
  • ""Science is not only cool, it's really important for the future of this country, and it's great to have people we call adjunct professors here, to help lend their real-life experiences to stimulate junior high students to the wonders of science.""
  • "Someone I know was hired at Harvard for what s/he took to be a long-term adjunct position, because the ad said "three-year contract renewable" rather than "tenure track.""
  • "Phentermine Resin is indicated in the management of exogenous obesity as a short-term adjunct a few weeks in a regimen of weight reduction."