The number enclosed in parenthesis in the superscript signifies the first slice of the tensor X

This is my sentence. I want to replace the italicized phrase with a single word that demonstrates that the number is inside the parenthesis. I'd write the sentence as it is but for some reason, the repetition of "in" is annoying me.

I faintly remember a word that started with en- that'd do the trick but I can't recall now. Is there a word that means "enclosed in parenthesis"?

  • You could also say, “The number enclosed by parenthesis...” Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 14:23
  • The 'bracketed' number ...
    – Nigel J
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 14:49
  • I think parenthesized is the best word. You should add that as an answer
    – HMK
    Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 13:23
  • A bit late at this: I'd use "the number parenthesized" and the 'en...' word could have been enveloped.
    – civitas
    Commented Apr 14 at 0:24

3 Answers 3


Refer to it as a parenthetical :)

parenthetical [ˌperənˈTHedək(ə)l] adj - relating to or inserted as a parenthesis

So, for your example:


The parenthetical value(/number/figure) signifies the first slice of the tensor X

Although in this case, "the superscript" would also describe the same thing.

  • 1
    Note that "parenthetic" shows in the dictionary as being able to be used in exactly the same way. Both are adjective that mean the same. Just noting that the "al" is not required at the end if OP prefers the sound of it without the "al". Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 14:08
  • The number (in parentheses) in the superscript etc etc
  • The reference number in the superscript etc etc
  • The (reference) in the superscript etc etc

While using an adjective is fine, I personally prefer a verb for this. So, I would say:

The parenthesized number signifies the first slice of the tensor X.

From Merriam-Webster's definition of parenthesize:

: to make a parenthesis of : enclose within parentheses

Note that the word you may have been thinking of was enclosed. However, it can't be used on it's own in this particular context.

Also, when you indicate the number that's been parenthesized, you are also indicating the number that's in superscript, so there is no reason to additionally include that part of the description. Even if you don't replace your original use of enclosed in parentheses, you can still drop in the superscript and the reference will be understood.

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