Definition of appositive in English:

appositive

noun & adjective

Grammar
  • another term for appositional
    • ‘You gave him a tutorial on negations and appositives?’
    • ‘Six lines later, in another divergence from the appositive constructions, ‘seizes upon’ can be associated with ‘because it is an action justifiable by legal precedent.’’
    • ‘The French appositive structure would be better translated ‘As the people of the new covenant,’ since there are no other such peoples besides the Church.’
    • ‘But now I see that as soon as I start to ask these questions, struggling to connect subject to verb to object - linking up appositives and backgrounding parentheticals - reading becomes hard work.’
    • ‘No similar re-construal is available inside a quotative tag, where piles of post-subject appositives force the reader to ‘flounder through to the remote verb’ without assistance.’
    • ‘The closest that he gets to acknowledging a political context for the motives and actions of his characters is in an appositive phrase early in the novel.’
    • ‘I scribble in it constantly, especially during English, my least favorite subject ever (I mean, really, how can anyone be interested in weird things like appositives)?’
    • ‘The grammar of this passage is interesting, too: an independent clause is followed by a noun phrase set off by a comma, i.e. a noun phrase appositive.’
    • ‘After all, who cares about the appositive colon or out of control apostrophes or the 17 uses of the comma or rambling apostrophes?’
    • ‘Consider, for instance, the way that one crucial premise is smuggled into the modifying appositive clause, ‘the one who has been abandoned.’’
    • ‘I think the only potentially salvageable part of the claim is that long sequences of supplements and appositives should be avoided because they might make you sound dithery.’
    • ‘The terms parenthesis, apostrophe, ellipsis, and appositive, which traditionally were rhetorical terms, have been relegated to discussions of punctuation.’
    • ‘Adnominal relative clauses of the type (She told me the reason) that they gave are to be distinguished from the superficially similar appositive clause that also modifies a noun: (She told me the reason) that they left.’
    • ‘I guess the following appositive ought to make ‘the doctrinal job’ heavy enough to shift to the end of its clause, but it still seems wrong to me.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from late Latin appositivus subsidiary.

Pronunciation

appositive

/əˈpɒzɪtɪv/