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Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.
tr.v. (-āt′) ap·pro·pri·at·ed, ap·pro·pri·at·ing, ap·pro·pri·ates
1. To set apart for a specific use: appropriating funds for education.
2. To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission: My coworker appropriated my unread newspaper.

[Middle English appropriat, from Late Latin appropriātus, past participle of appropriāre, to make one's own : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin proprius, own; see per in Indo-European roots.]

ap·pro′pri·ate·ly adv.
ap·pro′pri·ate·ness n.
ap·pro′pri·a′tive (-ā′tĭv) adj.
ap·pro′pri·a′tor n.
Synonyms: appropriate, arrogate, commandeer, confiscate
These verbs mean to seize for oneself or as one's right: appropriated the family car; arrogated the chair at the head of the table; commandeered a plane for the escape; confiscating stolen property. See Also Synonyms at allocate.
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Adj.1.appropriative - of or relating to or given to the act of taking for yourself
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If defensive investments are made prior to appropriative investments, the first-order condition for individual 2 is -([partial derivative]p/[partial derivative]a)R(l) - 1 [less than or equal to] 0 [conjunction] a [greater than or equal to] 0 [conjunction] (-([partial derivative]p/[partial derivative]a)R(l) - 1)a = 0.
Parmi celles-ci, l'adoption coutumiere represente un exemple interessant pour illustrer notre propos, entre autres parce qu'elle actualise cette relation holiste que les Autochtones entretiennent avec leur communaute, c'est-a-dire une relation osmotique et non appropriative.
Because appropriative rights can be separated from the land and sold or leased, they can form the basis for private water trades.
23) There are concerns about the fairness of some historical allocative provisions, such as those that allow holders of senior appropriative water rights to consume vast quantities of water without any payment, even under severe drought conditions.
However, a highest and best use conclusion could be, "sell the appropriative water right for urban use and convert the land to dry land grazing.
A poetry which "is putting three together all the time" (PP: 569) resists the trap of comfortable definitiveness, of easy 'oneness' and appropriative 'twoness'.
The project may well, as did Van der Post, insist that it exists to "solicit and learn", but it invites, however unfairly, a suspicion of that mode of appropriative anthropology which takes, as did Spenser and Haeckel, historical progression and difference as its founding principles.
It is Fevvers' ambiguity which allows her to elude the appropriative gestures of spectators and would be captors.
Generally, western-dominated research has been seen as appropriative and inconsistent with Maori world views and understandings.
A quotation from Doris Betts' Heading West exemplifies this appropriative stance:
Neither carry market connotations, but are used neutrally to mean 'the mutual appropriative movement of goods between hands' (Polanyi 1957: 266).
He similarly notes the challenges involved in intercultural performance, focusing on the familiar controversies over Peter Brook's appropriative interculturalism in The Mahabharata, in which the potential for dialogic understanding dissolves into a familiarly accommodating (Western) universalism.