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[in-ap-uh-zit] /ɪnˈæp ə zɪt/
not apposite; not pertinent.
Origin of inapposite
First recorded in 1655-65; in-3 + apposite
Related forms
inappositely, adverb
inappositeness, noun Unabridged
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  • Why, I was almost tempted to join in the general merriment his inapposite reply elicited.

    The Old Soldiers Story James Whitcomb Riley
  • They are not content to tell you that this or that inapposite event has taken place.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • This speech of Aeneas, though not inapposite, is rather didactic—a fault which always remained a danger to Euripides.

  • Inconvenient, vulgar, inapposite, this should debar even the subscribers from obtaining probate for their wills.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
  • A tic is frequently nought else than the ill-timed and inapposite execution of some function.

  • And any two lines, no matter how inapposite, can174 be æsthetically related by other lines properly placed.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • As for Jenny Trewhella, madness would have to help the signature of such an inapposite conjunction.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • But certain it is that the notes wherewith he decorated his margins are triumphs of inapposite erudition.

    Lucian's True History Lucian of Samosata
  • It depends for its effect, not upon ornament, which perforce appears trivial and inapposite, but upon its mass.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • He stood before his bookshelves trying to select a volume, rejecting one after another as inapposite.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for inapposite


not appropriate or pertinent; unsuitable
Derived Forms
inappositely, adverb
inappositeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inapposite

1620s (implied in inappositely), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + apposite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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