anything appropriated for a special purpose, especially money.
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.
Origin of appropriation
1325–75; Middle EnglishRelated formspro·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, adjectivere·ap·pro·pri·a·tion, noun
(< Middle French
) < Late Latin appropriātiōn-
(stem of appropriātiō
). See appropriate
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Related Words for reappropriationhodgepodge
British Dictionary definitions for reappropriation
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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Word Origin and History for reappropriation
late 14c., "taking (something) as private property," from Late Latin appropriationem (nominative appropriatio) "a making one's own," noun of action from past participle stem of appropriare (see appropriate). Meaning "setting aside for some purpose" (especially of money) first attested 1789 in U.S. Constitution.
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reappropriation in Culture
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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