apposite
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈa.pə.zɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈæ.pə.zɪt/, IPA: /əˈpɒzɪt/
Adjective

apposite

  1. Strikingly appropriate or relevant; well suited#Adjective|suited to the circumstance or in relation to something.
    • c. 1833–1856, Andrew Carrick, John Addington Symonds (editors), Medical Topography of Bristol, in Transactions of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association/Volume 2/3,
      Medical Topography would be the most apposite title, since it comprehends the principal objects of investigation; [...].
    • 1855 December – 1857 June, Charles Dickens, “Machinery in Motion”, in Little Dorrit, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1857, OCLC 83401042 ↗, book the first (Poverty), page 197 ↗:
      Flora, however, received the remark as if it had been of a most apposite and agreeable nature; approvingly observing aloud that Mr. F's Aunt had a great deal of spirit.
    • 1919, H. L. Mencken, The American Language: An inquiry into the development of English in the United States, Chapter 15: The Expanding Vocabulary,
      Rough-neck is a capital word; it is more apposite and savory than the English navvy, and it is over-whelmingly more American.
  2. Positioned at rest in respect to another, be it side-to-side, front-to-front, back-to-back, or even three-dimensionally: in apposition.
    • 1971, University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Volume 34, page 262 ↗,
      In other words, they are used to name, rather than to describe. They are apposite nouns and not adjectives.
  3. Related, homologous.
    • 2000, David Skeele, "All That Monarchs Do": The Obscured Stages of Authority in Pericles, in Pericles: Critical Essays,
      If the shift in theatrical setting and the shift in dramaturgy are at all related, they are apposite developments, independent yet homologous signs of a changing political and cultural climate.
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apposite (plural apposites)

  1. (rare) That which is apposite; something suitable.



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