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Pronunciation:  `advun'tishus

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

ADVENTITIOUS is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: accidental, extrinsic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Describes roots or shoots or other parts that grow in an uncharacteristic place on a plant (such as roots growing from leaves).
Thesaurus Terms
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