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Examples of apposite in a sentence
enriched his essay on patriotism with some very apposite quotations from famous people on the subject
Did You Know?
Apposite and "opposite" sound so much alike that you would expect them to have a common ancestor - and they do. It is the Latin verb ponere, which means "to put or place." Adding the prefix ad- to "ponere" created apponere, meaning "to place near" or "to apply to," and that branch of the "ponere" family tree led to "apposite." The word is used to describe something that applies well to or is very appropriate for something else, a notion perhaps suggested by the close proximity of two objects. To get "opposite," the prefix ob- was added to "ponere" to create opponere, meaning "to place against or opposite." The related verb componere, meaning "to put together," gave us "compound" and "composite."
Origin and Etymology 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
APPOSITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apposite for English Language Learners
: very appropriate : suitable for the occasion or situation
Legal Definition of apposite
: highly pertinent or appropriate
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