1) N-COUNT: usu pl Parentheses are a pair of curved marks that you put around words or numbers to indicate that they are additional, separate, or less important. (This sentence is in parentheses.)
2) N-COUNT A parenthesis is a remark that is made in the middle of a piece of speech or writing, and which gives a little more information about the subject being discussed.
3) PHRASE: PHR cl You say `in parenthesis' to indicate that you are about to add something before going back to the main topic.

In parenthesis, I'd say that there were two aspects to writing you must never lose sight of.

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