[ap-uh-zit, uh-poz-it]


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 formsap·po·site·ly, adjectiveap·po·site·ness, nounun·ap·po·site, adjectiveun·ap·po·site·ly, adverbun·ap·po·site·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for apposite

germane, relevant, suitable, timely

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British Dictionary definitions for apposite



well suited for the purpose; appropriate; apt
Derived Formsappositely, adverbappositeness, noun

Word Origin for apposite

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.)).

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