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definition of the word appropriate

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From Middle English appropriaten, from Latin appropriatus, past participle of approprio (to make one's own), from ad (to) + proprio (to make one's own), from proprius (one's own, private).


appropriate (comparative more appropriate, superlative most appropriate)


more appropriate

most appropriate

  1. (obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.
  2. Hence, belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
    The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.
    In its strict and appropriate meaning. --Porteus.
    Appropriate acts of divine worship. --Stillingfleet.
    It is not at all times easy to find words appropriate to express our ideas. --Locke.
  3. Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.
    I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me outloud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.

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