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
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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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