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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century


Apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

Examples of Apposite in a sentence

"The lake in the park was an apposite location to race RC boats."

"My mother believes cardamom is the apposite secret spice for carrot cake."

About Apposite

“Apposite” is based on the Latin “appositus,” the past participle of “adponere” (meaning “put”).

Did you Know?

“Apposite” is easily confused with its close homonym “opposite.” The two words don’t have similar meanings, but they share deep Latin roots. “Opposite” is based on the Latin “oppositus,” which is the past participle of “oppōnō,” meaning “I oppose,” while the Latin “appositus” traces to the verb for “to put.” However, Latin students can trace the etymology of “oppositus” to the root word for “put” (“pōnō”) as well. “Opposite” deals with things put at odds with or against one another, while “apposite” describes things well put together.

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