apt·​ly ˈap(t)-lē How to pronounce aptly (audio)
: in an apt manner : in a way that is fitting or appropriate
… at the edge of the vast desert aptly named the Empty Quarter … Geraldine Brooks
All her albums have famously been autobiographical, and her latest, the aptly titled Speak Now, is filled with emotionally charged songs she wrote about the past two years of her life … Joey Bartolomeo
Paganism in Rome fell victim not to intolerance but to the "institutionalized egotism" (to use a phrase aptly applied to the absolutist monarchy of Louis XIV) that was a central feature of the late Roman imperial system. Peter Brown

Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aptly was in 1523

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“Aptly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aptly. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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