in·​ap·​po·​site (ˌ)i-ˈna-pə-zət How to pronounce inapposite (audio)
: not apposite : not apt or pertinent
inappositely adverb
inappositeness noun

Examples of inapposite in a Sentence

that comparison is completely inapposite; there are no parallels between the two books at all a speech laden with inapposite anecdotes and unfunny jokes
Recent Examples on the Web The Supreme Court indeed raised Flood and explained the cases were, at best, inapposite. Marc Edelman, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Then there is Beinart’s inapposite comparison between this president’s rhetoric on these themes and the rhetoric of President George W. Bush. Daniel Foster, The Atlantic, 10 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inapposite was in 1661

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“Inapposite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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