How to Abbreviate Additional

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Regardless of why you are trying to abbreviate the word “additional” you have come to the right place. In this article, we will teach you how to abbreviate the word and how to use the abbreviation.

Definition of Additional

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “additional” is usually defined as:

  • More than is usual or expected

While such broad words can often be the hardest to define in this case what really matters is that additional means any extra quantity of something that gets added. That meaning of “more” is really the main way to understand the word.

How Do You Abbreviate Additional?

Unlike most words we’ve seen so far, there isn’t one single abbreviation for additional and, in this case, there isn’t necessarily one that is more common than the rest.

Some tend to see heavier use in certain industries and contexts, but all of them are considered accurate. So you might see any of the options we will list being used interchangeably based on the context and even each person’s preference.

The main ways to abbreviate the word additional are:

  • Add’l.
  • Addt’l.
  • Add.

While all three abbreviations seem similar enough that you might think that one is correct and the other two are typos, that definitely isn’t the fact. To this day all three forms are widely accepted and employed, so relying on any of them is grammatically accurate.

There is another abbreviation, addnl, that is sometimes used, but it is not considered standard so you should avoid using it.

Synonyms for Additional

The main synonyms for additional are:

  • Added
  • Further
  • Other
  • Extra
  • More
  • Supplementary

“Additional” is in general a word with a simple meaning and as such, any word that implies an increase in quantity can be used provided the context allows, but the options above are the ones that are better suited for general use amongst them.

When to Use the Abbreviations

Abbreviating the word “additional” follows the general best practices of using abbreviations. Something to always keep in mind is that the purpose of abbreviations is to shorten words and as such you should only use it when space is a major concern. As such you are going to see “additional” abbreviated when it’s written in newspaper headlines, articles with limited space, presentation cards, and long reports which are trying to save time and space for its readers.

Outside of that, there’s really no occasion when the abbreviations for the word additional are warranted. And due to all the multiple forms it has, trying to use it in regular prose or text is particularly considered a major mistake. There won’t be many occasions to use its abbreviated forms, but it’s good to know them if the occasion comes.

Interestingly “addt’l” is the one that sees the largest use in official documents, particularly those pertaining to the government and other public organizations. So those who are looking for the most “proper” pick amongst the options might want to stick with addt’l.

Some Examples of When to Use the Abbreviations

  • We offer housekeeping, plumbing, frame fixing, and more. See the back for addt’l details.
  • Today’s guests will require an add. dinner.
  • The band will perform an add’l song.

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