apposition

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English apposicioun, from Middle French apposition, from Latin appositiō, past participle of appōnere (to put near).

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Examples (grammar)
  • my friend Alice
    The name “Alice” is in apposition to “my friend”. As a restrictive appositive it typically takes no commas.
  • my eldest sister, Hannah, is 35
    The name “Hannah” is in apposition to “my eldest sister”. As a nonrestrictive appositive it takes commas.

apposition (countable and uncountable, plural appositions)

  1. (grammar) A construction in which one noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both of them having the same syntactic function in the sentence.
    Synonym: parathesis
    • 2014, James Lambert, “A Much Tortured Expression: A New Look At `Hobson-Jobson'”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 27, number 1, page 65:
      The apposition in the title has been read as indicating that ‘Hobson-Jobson’ is equivalent to ‘colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases’.
  2. (grammar) The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
  3. The quality of being side-by-side, apposed instead of being opposed, not being front-to-front but next to each other.
  4. A placing of two things side by side, or the fitting together of two things.
  5. (biology) The growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
  6. (rhetoric) Appositio, the addition of an element not syntactically required.
  7. A public disputation by scholars.
  8. (Britain) A (now purely ceremonial) speech day at St Paul's School, London.

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

apposition

  1. Genitive singular form of appositio.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin appositiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.po.zi.sjɔ̃/
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Noun[edit]

apposition f (plural appositions)

  1. apposition

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