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apposite

[ap-uh-zit, uh-poz-it]
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adjective
  1. suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt: an apposite answer.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for apposite

apposite

adjective
  1. well suited for the purpose; appropriate; apt
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Derived Formsappositely, adverbappositeness, 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

adj.

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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