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1. Grammar
a. A construction in which a noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence; for example, Copley and the painter in The painter Copley was born in Boston.
b. The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
2. A placing side by side or next to each other.
3. Biology The growth of successive layers of a cell wall.

[Middle English apposicioun, from Latin appositiō, appositiōn-, from appositus, past participle of appōnere, to put near; see apposite.]

ap′po·si′tion·al adj.
ap′po·si′tion·al·ly adv.
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Adj.1.appositional - relating to or being in apposition; "an appositive noun"


[ˌæpəˈzɪʃənl] ADJaposicional
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The horizontal charting the truth of the middle--in medias res, the truth of time in time, the middle class as it exists appositionally, working so in the midst, and seeing from there, the distortion at the top inversely coded in the play at bottom, Ahab's monomania the sole fuel for the crew.
Moravcsik (1997: 319) has argued that this pattern arose "from a pronominal demonstrative to which a noun phrase was appositionally adjoined (see also McCool 1984, 1993; Lehmann 1995: 37-39).