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inapposite

[in-ap-uh-zit]
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adjective
  1. not apposite; not pertinent.

Origin of inapposite

First recorded in 1655–65; in-3 + apposite
Related formsin·ap·po·site·ly, adverbin·ap·po·site·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for inapposite

Historical Examples

  • They are not content to tell you that this or that inapposite event has taken place.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

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

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

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

    Lucian's True History

    Lucian of Samosata

  • Why, I was almost tempted to join in the general merriment his inapposite reply elicited.

    The Old Soldiers Story

    James Whitcomb Riley


British Dictionary definitions for inapposite

inapposite

adjective
  1. not appropriate or pertinent; unsuitable
Derived Formsinappositely, adverbinappositeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inapposite

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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