Definition of appropriacy in English:



mass noun
  • 1The extent to which something is suitable or proper in the circumstances.

    ‘the appropriacy of the methodology employed’
    • ‘A sense of appropriacy is crucial, that choices have been made or must be made that take into account situation, occasion, subject matter, and audience.’
    • ‘When we decide what clothes to put on, our choice is determined by our sense of appropriacy.’
    • ‘A performance must appear to be addressed to and for the benefit of the listener alone and not to the idea of formal appropriacy in itself.’
    • ‘The wild beasts understand the fullness of life beyond all considerations of decency or appropriacy.’
    • ‘I hope anyone planning to arrange a funeral does so with a degree of taste and appropriacy.’
    suitability, appropriateness, relevance, fitness, felicity, congruity, applicability, pertinence, judiciousness, appositeness, becomingness
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    1. 1.1Linguistics The extent to which a word, phrase, or grammatical pattern is correct or suitable for a particular context or social situation.
      ‘don't concentrate on grammar at the expense of organization and appropriacy’
      • ‘If a sentence is uttered as a boast, then one of the appropriacy conditions will be that the speaker believes that the utterance of his sentence will place him in some advantage over his hearer.’
      • ‘The search for structural divisions in texts should be seen as a search for cognitive boundaries in terms of convention, appropriacy, and content rather than as a search for linguistically defined boundaries.’
      • ‘An error of appropriacy may have more negative results than grammatical errors.’
      • ‘Focus on correctness and appropriacy in conversation’
      • ‘A number of analyses can be made of students' progress in the development of both lexical diversity and sophistication, and grammatical accuracy and appropriacy.’