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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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Despite problems ranging from the paradox of the attention constantly paid to Shakespeare by critics who claim a commitment to the margins to their at times equivocal or appropriative attitude to feminism, the essays collected here have had a tremendously positive influence upon Renaissance drama studies, rejecting the hegemony of a generation of Shakespearians who held to rigid hierarchies of text and context and who had no conception of the immense importance of issues of subjectivity and sexuality to the very texts upon which they based their careers.
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