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apropos

[ap-ruh-poh]
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adverb
  1. fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely.
  2. Obsolete. by the way.
adjective
  1. opportune; pertinent: apropos remarks.
Idioms
  1. apropos of, with reference to; in respect or regard to: apropos of the preceding statement.

Origin of apropos

1660–70; < French à propos literally, to purpose < Latin ad prōpositum. See ad-, proposition
Can be confusedappropriate apropos expropriate
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apropos

adjective
  1. appropriate; pertinent
adverb
  1. appropriately or pertinently
  2. by the way; incidentally
  3. apropos of (preposition) with regard to; in respect of

Word Origin

C17: from French à propos to the purpose
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Word Origin and History for apropos

adv.

1660s, "opportunely," from French à propos "to the purpose," from propos "thing said in conversation, talk; purpose, plan," from Latin propositium "purpose," past participle of proponere "to set forth, propose" (see propound). Meaning "as regards" is 1761, from French. As an adjective, "to the point or purpose," from 1690s.

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