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appositive

[uh-poz-i-tiv] /əˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/
noun
1.
a word or phrase in apposition.
adjective
2.
placed in apposition.
3.
(of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; apposit(ion) + -ive
Related forms
appositively, adjective
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Examples from the web for appositive
  • They understood the modified predicate and compound appositive.
  • The opening appositive phrase in the first sentence is a dangler.
  • Another dangling construction, this time with an appositive.
British Dictionary definitions for appositive

appositive

/əˈpɒzɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
(grammar)
  1. standing in apposition
  2. another word for nonrestrictive
2.
of or relating to apposition
noun
3.
an appositive word or phrase
Derived Forms
appositively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for appositive
adj.

1690s, from Latin appositus, past participle of apponere "to put to" (see apposite) + -ive. As a noun, from 1847.

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