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something added to another thing but not essential to it.
a person associated with lesser status, rank, authority, etc., in some duty or service; assistant.
a person working at an institution, as a college or university, without having full or permanent status:
My lawyer works two nights a week as an adjunct, teaching business law at the college.
Grammar. a modifying form, word, or phrase depending on some other form, word, or phrase, especially an element of clause structure with adverbial function.
joined or associated, especially in an auxiliary or subordinate relationship.
attached or belonging without full or permanent status:
an adjunct surgeon on the hospital staff.
Contemporary Examples

At first Wales and Sanger conceived of Wikipedia merely as an adjunct to Nupedia, sort of like a feeder product or farm team.
You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story Walter Isaacson October 18, 2014

She appeared at his side, impish smile in place, dutiful, fragrantly rather than ferociously sexy, and—frustratingly—an adjunct.
How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’? Tim Teeman October 29, 2014

Garry Wills is an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University.
Sarah Palin, Beware: The Evangelical Intrusion Is Over Garry Wills November 12, 2008

He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.
Cloudy With a Chance of Mortgages Jonathan Wald October 2, 2009

She is an adjunct fellow at Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor to its magazine, City Journal, and a Fox News commentator.
Praying With Obama and My Prison Pastor Judith Miller February 5, 2009

Historical Examples

To the south-east corner was attached an adjunct, 14 by 22 feet.
Southern Arabia Theodore Bent

If the adjunct is placed elsewhere, different considerations apply.
“Stops” Paul Allardyce

It was to traverse many States and Territories, and was to be accomplished with every adjunct of unstinted comfort and refinement.
A Flight in Spring J. Harris Knowles

The indigo tub was everywhere an adjunct to all home manufactures.
The Development of Embroidery in America Candace Wheeler

As an adjunct of his residence Putney Congdon maintains a machine shop where he finds ample time for experiment.
Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson

something incidental or not essential that is added to something else
a person who is subordinate to another

part of a sentence other than the subject or the predicate
(in systemic grammar) part of a sentence other than the subject, predicator, object, or complement; usually a prepositional or adverbial group
part of a sentence that may be omitted without making the sentence ungrammatical; a modifier

(logic) another name for accident (sense 4)
added or connected in a secondary or subordinate position; auxiliary

1580s, from Latin adjunctus “closely connected, joined, united;” as a noun, “a characteristic, essential attribute,” past participle of adjungere “join to” (see adjoin).

1590s, from Latin adjunctus “closely connected, joined, united,” past participle of adjungere “join to” (see adjoin). Adjunct professor is 1826, American English.


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