adjective ap·po·site \ˈa-pə-zət\

: very appropriate : suitable for the occasion or situation

Full Definition of APPOSITE

:  highly pertinent or appropriate :  apt <apposite remarks>
ap·po·site·ly adverb
ap·po·site·ness noun

Examples of APPOSITE

  1. <enriched his essay on patriotism with some very apposite quotations from famous people on the subject>

Origin of APPOSITE

Latin appositus, from past participle of apponere to place near, from ad- + ponere to put — more at position
First Known Use: 1621

Synonym Discussion of APPOSITE

relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection <found material relevant to her case>. germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion <a point not germane to the discussion>. material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case <facts material to the investigation>. pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance <a pertinent observation>. apposite suggests a felicitous relevance <add an apposite quotation to the definition>. applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case <the rule is not applicable in this case>. apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune <the quip was apropos>.


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