in·​ap·​po·​site | \ (ˌ)i-ˈna-pə-zət How to pronounce inapposite (audio) \

Definition of inapposite

: not apposite : not apt or pertinent

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Other Words from inapposite

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

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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, "In Defense of 'The West'," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of inapposite

1661, in the meaning defined above

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