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  1. a word or phrase in apposition.
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  1. placed in apposition.
  2. (of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies.
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Origin of appositive

First recorded in 1685–95; apposit(ion) + -ive
Related formsap·pos·i·tive·ly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for appositive

Historical Examples of appositive

  • An appositive is in the same case as the substantive which it limits.

    An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises

    George Lyman Kittredge

  • An appositive is in the same case as the substantive which it limits (p. 42).

  • Similar to the appositive is the explanatory relative clause.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig

  • I follow most of the editors in taking hyrde as family and frean as an appositive with fæder.

    Genesis A


  • An appositive adjective is added to its noun to explain it, like a noun in apposition ( 88, 5).

British Dictionary definitions for appositive


  1. grammar
    1. standing in apposition
    2. another word for nonrestrictive
  2. of or relating to apposition
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  1. an appositive word or phrase
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Derived Formsappositively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appositive


1690s, from Latin appositus, past participle of apponere "to put to" (see apposite) + -ive. As a noun, from 1847.

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