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adjective ap·po·site \ ˈa-pə-zət \

Definition of apposite

:highly pertinent or appropriate :apt
  • apposite remarks
  • apposite examples

appositely

adverb

appositeness

noun

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Examples of apposite in a Sentence

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

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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

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

APPOSITE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of apposite for English Language Learners

  • : very appropriate : suitable for the occasion or situation


Law Dictionary

apposite

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adjective ap·po·site \ ˈa-pə-zət \

legal Definition of apposite

:highly pertinent or appropriate


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