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
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."
Examples of apposite in a Sentence
enriched his essay on patriotism with some very apposite quotations from famous people on the subject
Recent Examples on the WebBurns points to an apposite scene in the last episode, of an unspecified protest march across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.
David Bloom, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 There is something apposite and almost ridiculously perfect about the fact that Margaret Howell’s 50th anniversary has come around in 2020.
Sarah Mower, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2020 In that regard, Mr. Obama seems an apposite speaker at Mandela’s centenary.
Peter Godwin, WSJ, 13 July 2018 Here Helmchen was in his element, finding apposite aural equivalents for each Beethoven marking and achieving special results in the 10th, presto, variation played staccato and light, and the whirlwind No. 23.
Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2018 But times have changed, and the comparison of the two parades is only partly apposite.
William Neuman, New York Times, 23 May 2017
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