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[adj. uh-proh-pree-it; v. uh-proh-pree-eyt] /adj. əˈproʊ pri ɪt; v. əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:
an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper:
Each played his appropriate part.
verb (used with object), appropriated, appropriating.
to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:
The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate:
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
1515-25; < Late Latin appropriātus made one's own (past participle of appropriāre), equivalent to Latin ap- ap-1 + propri(us) one's own + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
[uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
appropriativeness, noun
appropriator, noun
nonappropriative, adjective
quasi-appropriate, adjective
quasi-appropriately, adverb
reappropriate, verb (used with object), reappropriated, reappropriating.
well-appropriated, adjective
Can be confused
appropriate, apropos, expropriate.
1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.
1. unsuitable, inept. Unabridged
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Examples for appropriateness
  • Emphasize the functions of the adaptations and the appropriateness of the names, not how well the drawings are made.
  • Please note grade-level appropriateness for each program before you register.
  • The appropriateness of what a judge does is a legal matter, judged by the standards of the legal community.
  • The ball rolled along from there into the first topic: comic book age-appropriateness.
  • Unusual names are tricky, because there's an invisible line of appropriateness that can easily be crossed.
  • Lucky are you who have to ponder the appropriateness of having images of your children on your desktop at work.
  • appropriateness matters--retirees shouldn't put their living expenses in tech stocks.
  • And that, in turn, is a different question from the news value and relevance and appropriateness of the story.
British Dictionary definitions for appropriateness


adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
right or suitable; fitting
(rare) particular; own they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
to put aside (funds, etc) for a particular purpose or person
Derived Forms
appropriable, adjective
appropriately, adverb
appropriateness, noun
appropriative, adjective
appropriator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin appropriāre to make one's own, from Latin proprius one's own; see proper
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Word Origin and History for appropriateness
1520s, from L.L. appropriatus, pp. of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) "to make one's own," from L. ad- "to" + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Adj. sense of "specially suitable, proper" is from 1540s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for appropriateness



liberate (WWI Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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