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apropos

[ap-ruh-poh] /ˌæp rəˈpoʊ/
adverb
1.
fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely.
2.
Obsolete. by the way.
adjective
3.
opportune; pertinent:
apropos remarks.
Idioms
4.
apropos of, with reference to; in respect or regard to:
apropos of the preceding statement.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < French à propos literally, to purpose < Latin ad prōpositum. See ad-, proposition
Can be confused
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apropos

/ˌæprəˈpəʊ/
adjective
1.
appropriate; pertinent
adverb
2.
appropriately or pertinently
3.
by the way; incidentally
4.
(preposition) apropos of, with regard to; in respect of
Word Origin
C17: from French à propos to the purpose
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apropos

adv.

1660s, "opportunely," from French à propos "to the purpose," from propos "thing said in conversation, talk; purpose, plan," from Latin propositium "purpose," past participle of proponere "to set forth, propose" (see propound). Meaning "as regards" is 1761, from French. As an adjective, "to the point or purpose," from 1690s.

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