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adventitious


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adventitious  \Ad`ven*ti"tious\,  a.  [L.  adventitius.] 
  1.  Added  extrinsically;  not  essentially  inherent;  accidental 
  or  causal;  additional;  supervenient;  foreign. 
 
  To  things  of  great  dimensions,  if  we  annex  an 
  adventitious  idea  of  terror,  they  become  without 
  comparison  greater.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  (Nat.  Hist.)  Out  of  the  proper  or  usual  place  as 
  adventitious  buds  or  roots. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  Accidentally  or  sparingly  spontaneous  in  a  country 
  or  district;  not  fully  naturalized;  adventive;  --  applied 
  to  foreign  plants. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  Acquired,  as  diseases;  accidental.  -- 
  {Ad`ven*ti"tious*ly},  adv  --  {Ad`ven*ti"tious*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adventitious 
  adj  :  associated  by  chance  and  not  an  integral  part  "poetry  is 
  something  to  which  words  are  the  accidental,  not  by  any 
  means  the  essential  form"-  Frederick  W.  Robertson 
  "they  had  to  decide  whether  his  misconduct  was 
  adventitious  or  the  result  of  a  flaw  in  his  character" 
  [syn:  {accidental}] 




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