apposite

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

adjective

suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt: an apposite answer.

Nearby words

  1. apport,
  2. apportion,
  3. apportionment,
  4. apposable,
  5. appose,
  6. appositely,
  7. apposition,
  8. apposition suture,
  9. appositional growth,
  10. appositive

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for apposite

apposite

adjective

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

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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