adventitious

  • 1 Adventitious — Ad ven*ti tious, a. [L. adventitius.] 1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent; accidental or causal; additional; supervenient; foreign. [1913 Webster] To things of great dimensions, if we annex an adventitious idea of terror, they become …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 adventitious — [ad΄ven tish′əs, ad΄vəntish′əs] adj. [L adventicius, coming from abroad: see ADVENT] 1. added from outside; not inherent; accidental 2. occurring in unusual or abnormal places [adventitious roots growing on a stem] SYN. ACCIDENTAL adventitiously… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 adventitious — adventitious. См. придаточный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …

    Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • 4 adventitious — I adjective accidental, acquired, casual, circumstantial, external, extraneous, extrinsic, extroverted, foreign, fortuitous, incidental, outward, outward looking, random, subordinate, subsidiary, transcendent, unintentional, unwitting II index… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 adventitious — (adj.) of the nature of an addition from without, c.1600, from M.L. adventitius coming from abroad, extraneous, a corruption of L. adventicius foreign, strange, accidental, from advent pp. stem of advenire arrive (see ADVENT (Cf. advent)).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 adventitious — *accidental, incidental, fortuitous, casual, contingent Analogous words: acquired (see GET): accessory, subservient (see AUXILIARY) Antonyms: inherent Contrasted words: constitutional, essential, intrinsic, ingrained (see INHERENT): *innate,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 adventitious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) happening according to chance. 2) Botany (of roots) growing directly from the stem or other upper part of a plant. DERIVATIVES adventitiously adverb. ORIGIN Latin adventicius coming to us from abroad …

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  • 8 Adventitious — Coming from an external source or occurring in an unusual place or manner. Not inherent, inherited or innate but rather occurring accidentally or spontaneously. When a doctor or nurse auscults (listens to) the chest or abdomen, adventitious… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 9 adventitious — adjective Etymology: Latin adventicius Date: 1603 1. coming from another source and not inherent or innate < a Federal house without adventitious later additions > 2. arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 adventitious — accidental, occurring at an unusual locality, as in an adventitious visitor …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 11 adventitious — adjective /ˌæd.vɛnˈtɪʃ.əs,ˌæd.vənˈtɪʃ.əs/ a) From an external source; not innate or inherent, foreign. The Velloziaceae have evolved a woody stem which is covered with a layer of adventitious roots mingled with the fibres of the old leaf sheaths; …

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  • 12 adventitious — adjective he felt that the conversation was not entirely adventitious Syn: unplanned, unpremeditated, accidental, chance, fortuitous, serendipitous, coincidental, casual, random See note at accidental Ant: premeditated …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 adventitious — adj. [L. adventitius, extraordinary] Acquired; accidental; additional; occurring in abnormal places; ectopic foci …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 14 adventitious — adventitiously, adv. adventitiousness, n. /ad veuhn tish euhs/, adj. 1. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic. 2. Bot., Zool. appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root. [1595 1605; < …

    Universalium

  • 15 adventitious — Synonyms and related words: accessory, accidental, additional, adscititious, aleatory, appurtenant, ascititious, auxiliary, casual, causeless, chance, chancy, circumstantial, collateral, conditional, contingent, destinal, dicey, extra, fatal,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 adventitious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. foreign, extrinsic. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Not part of the real or essential nature of a thing: adscititious, incidental, supervenient. See SURFACE …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 adventitious — ad|ven|ti|tious [ˌædvənˈtıʃəs, ˌædven ] adj formal happening by chance = ↑unexpected >adventitiously adj …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 adventitious — ad|ven|ti|tious [ ,ædvən tıʃəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL accidental or not expected …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 adventitious — ad·ven ti·tious || ‚ædvÉ™n tɪʃəs adj. happening by chance; not inherent; occurring accidentally …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 adventitious — [ˌadv(ə)n tɪʃəs] adjective 1》 happening according to chance. 2》 coming from outside; not native. 3》 Biology formed accidentally or in an unusual position. 4》 Botany (of a root) growing directly from the stem or other upper part of a plant.… …

    English new terms dictionary