- The state or quality of not being apposite.
1898, George William Erskine Russell, Collections and Recollections:
- And certainly an apt quotation is one of the most effective decorations of a public speech; but the dangers of inappositeness are correspondingly formidable.
1908, Charles Whibley, American Sketches:
- To men and women excited by the details of the last murder they discourse of the existence of God in short, crisp sentences,--and I know not which is worse, the triviality of the discourse or its inappositeness.
- 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 718:
- ‘And then, your uncle made an inaugural speech at his first press conference which was of fantastic inappositeness.’