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[adj. uh-proh-pree-it; v. uh-proh-pree-eyt] /adj. əˈproʊ pri ɪt; v. əˈproʊ priˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.:
an appropriate example; an appropriate dress.
2.
belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper:
Each played his appropriate part.
verb (used with object), appropriated, appropriating.
3.
to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use:
The legislature appropriated funds for the university.
4.
to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
5.
to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate:
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
6.
to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
Origin of appropriate
1515-1525
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
appropriative
[uh-proh-pree-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv] /əˈproʊ priˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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.
Synonyms
1. befitting, apt, meet, felicitous, suited, proper, due, becoming, pertinent. 3. apportion, allocate, assign.
Antonyms
1. unsuitable, inept.
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  • The Bird Woman looked at the girl and guessed its appropriateness.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Got the biggest sense of appropriateness of any man in the county, Wilkerson has.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • As to the block-form, let it be simple, and have the appearance of appropriateness and consistency.

    Principles of Decorative Design Christopher Dresser
  • It was not until the next morning that they fully understood the appropriateness of the direction.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • This man seemed to fit into the picture of the hills with the appropriateness of the native-born.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for appropriateness

appropriate

adjective (əˈprəʊprɪɪt)
1.
right or suitable; fitting
2.
(rare) particular; own: they had their appropriate methods
verb (transitive) (əˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)
3.
to take for one's own use, esp illegally or without permission
4.
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

appropriate

v.

early 15c., "take possession of," from Late Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare, adpropriare (c.450) "to make one's own," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + propriare "take as one's own," from proprius "one's own" (see proper). Related: Appropriated; appropriating.

adj.

"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for appropriateness

appropriate

verb

liberate (WWI Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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