appositive

[uh-poz-i-tiv]Grammar
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noun

a word or phrase in apposition.

adjective

placed in apposition.
(of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies.

Nearby words

  1. apposite,
  2. appositely,
  3. apposition,
  4. apposition suture,
  5. appositional growth,
  6. appraisal,
  7. appraisal drilling,
  8. appraise,
  9. appraiser,
  10. appreciable

Origin of appositive

First recorded in 1685–95; apposit(ion) + -ive

Related formsap·pos·i·tive·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for appositive

appositive

adjective

grammar
  1. standing in apposition
  2. another word for nonrestrictive
of or relating to apposition

noun

an appositive word or phrase
Derived Formsappositively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for appositive

appositive

adj.

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

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