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[ap-uh-zit, uh-poz-it] /ˈæp ə zɪt, əˈpɒz ɪt/
suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt:
an apposite answer.
Origin of apposite
1615-25; < Latin appositus added to, put near (past participle of appōnere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + positus placed (posi- place + -tus past participle suffix)
Related forms
appositely, adjective
appositeness, noun
unapposite, adjective
unappositely, adverb
unappositeness, noun Unabridged
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  • Even Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Talk should proceed by instances; by the apposite, not the expository.

    The Pocket R.L.S. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • In any event it was apposite to remark, "Of course Emmie's the pet."

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • The Skipper's apposite remarks aided me in keeping my senses.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • The transposition is complete, and the allusion most apposite.

  • He flung a swift glance at the man as he realized that his observation was apposite.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
  • This consideration seemed to Mentezufis so apposite that he looked at Mefres.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • With quips and jokes, apposite and sparkling, he "is wont to set the table in a roar."

    Western Worthies J. Stephen Jeans
  • The words which he has taken from me are so apposite as to be almost prophetical.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua John Henry Newman
  • The constitution of Maryland furnishes the most apposite example.

    The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
British Dictionary definitions for apposite


well suited for the purpose; appropriate; apt
Derived Forms
appositely, adverb
appositeness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin appositus placed near, from appōnere, from pōnere to put, place
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Word Origin and History for apposite

1620s, "well-put or applied, appropriate," from Latin appositus "contiguous, neighboring;" figuratively "fit, proper, suitable," past participle of apponere "apply to, put near," from ad- "near" (see ad-) + ponere "to place" (see position (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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