- suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.: an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
- belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper: Each played his appropriate part.
- to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use: The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
- to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
- to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate: He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
- to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Origin of appropriate
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Examples from the Web for appropriateness
These decisions and criteria are referred to as “appropriateness.”
“NDSC is trying to decrease and change the appropriateness of imaging,” Bettmann said.
She felt so in awe that he expressed interest in her that she never questioned the appropriateness of some of his behavior.Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse
February 10, 2014
There has always been a debate over the appropriateness of judicial review.Why Is the Supreme Court So Unpopular?
David R. Dow
June 9, 2012
Marine Le Pen, meanwhile, openly questioned the appropriateness of a presidential candidate visiting the scene of the crime.France’s Shocking Shooting Spree
March 19, 2012
As we go swiftly on we realize the appropriateness of the epithet ever applied to the Rhne.The Roof of France
Got the biggest sense of appropriateness of any man in the county, Wilkerson has.The Gentleman From Indiana
No arguments can be drawn from the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the characters of Plato.Phaedrus
It was not until the next morning that they fully understood the appropriateness of the direction.We Two
One of the Abbey's first charms is the appropriateness of its gardens; they too are old.Highways & Byways in Sussex
- right or suitable; fitting
- rare particular; ownthey had their appropriate methods
- to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
- to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Word Origin and History for appropriateness
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.