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[ap-uh-zit, uh-poz-it] /ˈæp ə zɪt, əˈpɒz ɪt/
suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt:
an apposite answer.
Origin of apposite
1615-25; < Latin appositus added to, put near (past participle of appōnere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + positus placed (posi- place + -tus past participle suffix)
Related forms
appositely, adjective
appositeness, noun
unapposite, adjective
unappositely, adverb
unappositeness, noun Unabridged
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  • Seldom have the old slogans seemed more apposite.
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  • Competitors were invited to submit five such invented names, each with an apposite occupation.
  • It was comparatively a simple matter to choose a few excerpts that seemed particularly apposite to our own situation today.
  • In ordinary course, apposite forms proliferate.
  • But such words, though apposite, belong on grant applications.
  • Timing is everything, and this gathering of works couldn't look or feel more apposite.
  • If two versions of a report are equally apposite, but incompatible with each other, the reader is not denied that knowledge.
British Dictionary definitions for apposite


well suited for the purpose; appropriate; apt
Derived Forms
appositely, adverb
appositeness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin appositus placed near, from appōnere, from pōnere to put, place
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Word Origin and History for apposite

1620s, "well-put or applied, appropriate," from Latin appositus "contiguous, neighboring;" figuratively "fit, proper, suitable," past participle of apponere "apply to, put near," from ad- "near" (see ad-) + ponere "to place" (see position (n.)).

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