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Appropriate or relevant: chose an apposite name for the dog; felt the comments were not apposite to the discussion.

[Latin appositus, past participle of appōnere, to put near : ad-, ad- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

ap′po·site·ly adv.
ap′po·site·ness n.
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Noun1.appositeness - appropriateness for the occasion; "the phrase had considerable aptness"
appropriateness - the quality of being specially suitable
inappositeness, inaptness - inappropriateness; "greater inaptness of expression would be hard to imagine"
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But the chief peculiarity of his speech was its directness and appositeness. It was evident that he never considered what he had said or was going to say, and consequently the rapidity and justice of his intonation had an irresistible persuasiveness.
"Why, so they are, Uncle Venner," remarked Phoebe after a pause; for she had been trying to fathom the profundity and appositeness of this concluding apothegm.
I could not at the moment recall Enoch's appositeness, so I had to ask a simple question, though I felt that by so doing I was lowering myself in the eyes of the lunatic.
Crucially, businesses must be cognisant that generally, when reviewing the appositeness of a gift, the authorities will consider a number of contextual factors, including the proximity of the gift-giving to any relevant business deal, common courtesy practices of the firm in question, proportionality of the gift to conventional customs, and the appropriateness of the benefit given.
Thus the state of the world today paradoxically imbues the century-old Firminist canon with great appositeness. Indeed, Firmin's passionate engagement with the issues facing Haiti and the world between the last years of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth moves us in this second decade of the twenty-first century as it did his contemporaries.
Given that she herself published three poems transatlantically in 1861 in the months leading up to her death, (26) and that Kate Field's appreciative memorial essay on EBB had appeared in the September 1861 Atlantic Monthly, (27) there was poetic appositeness in Browning's publishing three of his own poems in that magazine.
This makes the appositeness of her work to the environment, and the sympathy between her and Echeverria, all the more striking.
I do not know how it is, but you seem not to have the art of catching the meaning of a passage at once, and you are apt to make strange mistakes." He recommended that Wilberforce "attend to conciseness, terseness, appositeness in your English and Latin," saying, "It should be a distinct exercise with you." But like a track coach preparing his charge for a race against an opponent with a record of faster times, Newman's outlook was sober: "At present I am skeptical of your ability to correct this weakness." (31) Most teaching careers, I venture, take the form of a slow decline from early idealism.
Mixing these examples, I asked nine male Ph.D.s at Bell Labs, nine secretaries at Bell Labs, and seven female Filipinos living in the United States to rank them in order of appositeness (how well the rearranged letters captured the thought of the original).
* Insufficient frequency and appositeness of quality, efficiency and tracebility indicators;
Clark is at pains to point out that the absence of environmental issues in Derrida's writing, considered in the light of the odd appositeness of those issues to his mode of questioning, means that a "kind of invention" (2010, 132) of deconstruction is necessary if one is to bring it to bear on climate change.
It also, however, involves a requirement of substantive appositeness of "match" or "fit" between the particular substantive punishment and this particular crime and this particular criminal: is this the best kind of punishment by which to communicate to this offender an appropriate judgment on her particular crime?