not apposite; not pertinent.

Origin of inapposite

First recorded in 1655–65; in-3 + apposite
Related formsin·ap·po·site·ly, adverbin·ap·po·site·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inapposite

Historical Examples of inapposite

  • They are not content to tell you that this or that inapposite event has taken place.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • Inconvenient, vulgar, inapposite, this should debar even the subscribers from obtaining probate for their wills.

  • And any two lines, no matter how inapposite, can174 be æsthetically related by other lines properly placed.

  • But certain it is that the notes wherewith he decorated his margins are triumphs of inapposite erudition.

    Lucian's True History

    Lucian of Samosata

  • Why, I was almost tempted to join in the general merriment his inapposite reply elicited.

    The Old Soldiers Story

    James Whitcomb Riley

British Dictionary definitions for inapposite



not appropriate or pertinent; unsuitable
Derived Formsinappositely, adverbinappositeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inapposite

1620s (implied in inappositely), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + apposite.

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