follow Dictionary.com

Yours, Etc.: Origins and Uses of 8 Sign-Offs

apposite

[ap-uh-zit, uh-poz-it] /ˈæp ə zɪt, əˈpɒz ɪt/
adjective
1.
suitable; well-adapted; pertinent; relevant; apt:
an apposite answer.
Origin
1615-1625
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for apposite
  • Seldom have the old slogans seemed more apposite.
  • This remains apposite advice at a time when the peace process is in a fragile condition but strong in its fundamentals.
  • Revolutionary is an abused word in biotech, but here it is entirely apposite.
  • His humorous tales and novels of Swiss life were often illustrated with his own apposite drawings.
  • 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

apposite

/ˈæpəzɪt/
adjective
1.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for apposite
adj.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for apposite

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for apposite

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with apposite