Adjunct vs Concomitant - What's the difference?

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Adjunct is a related term of concomitant.

As nouns the difference between adjunct and concomitant

is that adjunct is an appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity while concomitant is something happening or existing at the same time.

As adjectives the difference between adjunct and concomitant

is that adjunct is connected in a subordinate function while concomitant is accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent.



(en noun)
  • An appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Learning is but an adjunct to our self.
  • A person associated with another, usually in a subordinate position; a colleague.
  • (Wotton)
  • (grammar) A dispensable phrase in a clause or sentence that amplifies its meaning, such as "for a while" in "I typed for a while".
  • (rhetoric) Symploce.
  • (dated, metaphysics) A quality or property of the body or mind, whether natural or acquired, such as colour in the body or judgement in the mind.
  • (music) A key or scale closely related to another as principal; a relative or attendant key.
  • (syntax, X-bar theory) A constituent which is both the daughter and the sister of an X-bar.
  • *
  • We can see from (34) that Determiners are sisters of N-bar and daughters of
    N-double-bar; Adjuncts' are both sisters and daughters of N-bar; and Comple-
    ments are sisters of N and daughters of N-bar. This means that '''Adjuncts''' re-
    semble Complements in that both are daughters of N-bar; but they differ from
    Complements in that '''Adjuncts''' are sisters of N-bar, whereas Complements are
    sisters of N. Likewise, it means that '''Adjuncts''' resemble Determiners in that
    both are sisters of N-bar, but they differ from Determiners in that '

    are daughters of N-bar, whereas Determiners are daughters of N-double-bar.

    Derived terms

    * adjuncthood * adjunctive


    (en adjective)
  • Connected in a subordinate function.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Though that my death were adjunct to my act.
  • Added to a faculty or staff in a secondary position.
  • concomitant



  • Accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent.
  • * (John Locke)
  • It has pleased our wise Creator to annex to several objects, as also to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure.
  • * 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 41:
  • The new technology on which super-industrialism is based, much of it blue-printed in American research laboratories, brings with it an inevitable acceleration of change in society and a concomitant speed-up of the pace of individual life as well.


    * (following as a consequence) accompanying, adjoining, attendant, incidental


    (en noun)
  • Something happening or existing at the same time.
  • * 1970 , , Bantam Books , pg.93:
  • The declining commitment to place is thus related not to mobility per se, but to a concomitant of mobility- the shorter duration of place relationships.
  • * 1900 , Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams'', ''Avon Books , (translated by James Strachey) pg. 301:
  • It is also instructive to consider the relation of these dreams to anxiety dreams. In the dreams we have been discussing, a repressed wish has found a means of evading censorship—and the distortion which censorship involves. The invariable concomitant is that painful feelings are experienced in the dream.
  • An invariant homogeneous polynomial in the coefficients of a form, a covariant variable, and a contravariant variable.
  • Synonyms

    * (a concomitant event or situation) accompaniment, co-occurrence