apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination.
happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate.
a happy choice of words
felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful.
a felicitous phrase
She was a very happy child.
You don't look happy. What's the problem?
We're all one big, happy family here.
I'd do anything to make her happy.
I could hear the children's happy laughter in the other room.
She had a very happy childhood.
They've had a very happy marriage.
I was glad the movie had a happy ending.
We are so happy that you were able to come to the party.
They are not at all happy about the rise in taxes. See More
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Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 Keeping you in my happy thoughts during a difficult time for Oxford.Freep.com, 27 Nov. 2022 Anyone on your list would be happy to unwrap a new hair tool, so go hook them up with an on-sale option.Glamour, 26 Nov. 2022 Most of these sales end Monday night so get to it, and happy shopping.
Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 26 Nov. 2022 Henry wasn’t happy about the call on the field, and made his feelings known afterward.
Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 My recollection is that Raman was not happy about her district losing Park La Brea, which is renter-rich.
Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 That definitely took me by surprise, and everyone was super happy about it.
Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 There is little for Egyptians to be happy about these days.
Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2022 See More
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