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From Latin appositus, past participle of adponere, from ad- + ponere (to put, place).



apposite (comparative more apposite, superlative most apposite)

  1. Strikingly appropriate or relevant; well suited to the circumstance or in relation to something.
    • c. 1833–1856, Andrew Carrick, John Addington Symonds (editors), Medical Topography of Bristol, in Transactions of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association/Volume 2/3,
      Medical Topography would be the most apposite title, since it comprehends the principal objects of investigation; [...].
    • 1855 December – 1857 June, Charles Dickens, “Machinery in Motion”, in Little Dorrit, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1857, OCLC 83401042, book the first (Poverty), page 197:
      Flora, however, received the remark as if it had been of a most apposite and agreeable nature; approvingly observing aloud that Mr. F's Aunt had a great deal of spirit.
    • 1919, H. L. Mencken, The American Language: An inquiry into the development of English in the United States, Chapter 15: The Expanding Vocabulary,
      Rough-neck is a capital word; it is more apposite and savory than the English navvy, and it is over-whelmingly more American.
    • 1963 April, “New Books: London's Underground (Third edition revised and enlarged). By H. F. Howson. Ian Allan. 21s.”, in Modern Railways, page 288:
      Information on almost every aspect of London Transport's railways—and on the Southern Region's Waterloo & City line—is here contained, with many apposite and well-captioned illustrations, in 125 pages, all for the modest price of one guinea.
  2. Positioned at rest in respect to another, be it side-to-side, front-to-front, back-to-back, or even three-dimensionally: in apposition.
    • 1971, University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Volume 34, page 262,
      In other words, they are used to name, rather than to describe. They are apposite nouns and not adjectives.
  3. Related, homologous.
    • 2000, David Skeele, "All That Monarchs Do": The Obscured Stages of Authority in Pericles, in Pericles: Critical Essays,
      If the shift in theatrical setting and the shift in dramaturgy are at all related, they are apposite developments, independent yet homologous signs of a changing political and cultural climate.


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apposite (plural apposites)

  1. (rare) That which is apposite; something suitable.
    • 1901, Charles L. Marson, Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln[1]:
      Hugh gave the boy apples or other small apposites [] , but the child was too interested in the bishop to notice the gifts.

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  1. feminine plural of apposito




  1. vocative masculine singular of appositus


  • apposite in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • apposite in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers