an act of a legislature authorizing money to be paid from the treasury for a specified use.
the money thus authorized: a large appropriation for aid to libraries.
- pro·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, adjective
- re·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, noun
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How to use appropriation in a sentence
Debate over Fed’s powers prove stumbling block to stimulus talksAides close to the negotiations said a short-term bill to extend government funding was unlikely to be approved on Friday, meaning government appropriations would lapse Saturday morning.Government funding appears likely to expire Friday night as Congress tries to complete stimulus deal | Jeff Stein, Mike DeBonis, Lisa Rein, Rachel Siegel | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
It’s closer to tourist cuisine — discovered on trips to the United States and often served to American travelers, or Americans living here — but served with a certain amount of nostalgia and admiration, rather than appropriation.
For these schools, the conversation around Native mascots is about authentic representation rather than appropriation.Hundreds Of Schools Are Still Using Native Americans As Team Mascots | Hope Allchin | October 12, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Creating multi-year appropriations that provide funding for more than just a single fiscal year could help those programs survive changes in government.We need to shield the US space program from election cycle chaos | Neel Patel | October 5, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The appropriation was the result of a lawsuit that claimed discriminatory state funding in decades past.A Pandemic Problem, Or Just an Excuse to Deny HBCUs More Funding? | Truthbetold | July 7, 2020 | TruthBeTold.news
In this way, inspiration becomes appropriation, which leads directly to theft and erasure.
They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment | Daniel Genis | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There would probably be a long talk about cultural appropriation if that movie were to come out now with a non-Latino actor.'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters | Marlow Stern | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The grand old empires (including the ones in Africa) were all about rampant interethnic appropriation.You Can’t ‘Steal’ a Culture: In Defense of Cultural Appropriation | John McWhorter | July 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But over time, the concept of cultural appropriation has morphed into a parody of the original idea.You Can’t ‘Steal’ a Culture: In Defense of Cultural Appropriation | John McWhorter | July 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And this act of appropriation, as well as of bearing testimony, he afterwards repeated.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
The owner of the corn and hogs made strenuous objections to this appropriation of his property.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
When they hear of trouble on the Mountain the selectmen look the other way, and pass an appropriation to beautify the town pump.Summer | Edith Wharton
The reply was: An annual appropriation so long as the military organization was maintained at the University.The Supplies for the Confederate Army | Caleb Huse
The specific appropriation of some distinctive oath raised the presumption that it implied an unequivocal pledge of sincerity.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
British Dictionary definitions for appropriation
the act of setting apart or taking for one's own use
a sum of money set apart for a specific purpose, esp by a legislature
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Cultural definitions for appropriation
The grant of money by a legislature for some specific purpose. The authority to grant appropriations, popularly known as the power of the purse, gives legislatures a powerful check over executive branches and judicial branches, for no public money can be spent without legislative approval. Congress, for example, can approve or reject the annual budget requests of the executive branch for its agencies and programs, thereby influencing both domestic and foreign policy. (See also checks and balances and pork-barrel legislation.)
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