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Multiple Meanings
adjunct — as in:  adjunct faculty

She is an adjunct professor who teaches just one class.
something added to another thing, but not an essential part of it
adjunct — as in:  called for his adjunct

I spoke with her adjunct.
a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another

More specifically, in grammar or linguistics, an adjunct can refer to a part of a sentence that, when removed, will not affect the remainder of the sentence. For example, the sentence "Joan jogged in Central Park on Sunday,"  has two adjuncts:  "in Central Park" and "on Sunday".

The phrases adjunct faculty or adjunct staff can mean both that the employees are in a support role and that they are on temporary assignment.
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