Definition of apropos in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈaprəpəʊ//ˌaprəˈpəʊ/


  • With reference to; concerning.

    ‘she remarked apropos of the initiative, ‘It's not going to stop the abuse’’
    • ‘This is all apropos of the fact that I just turned the corner into my office and suddenly got a strong whiff of yellow cake and brown custard.’
    • ‘And apropos of my earlier comments, it is appropriate to set a price-path target based on average inflation of several percentage points.’
    • ‘‘There was hardly any control in Parliament,’ he continued, apropos of the parliamentary abortion debate.’
    • ‘An anecdote apropos of this is worth retelling.’
    • ‘We invite your Honours to read what is said by way of introduction and then take your Honours particularly, apropos of your Honour the Chief Justice's questions, to 929.’
    • ‘And we understood that something very funny happened one time apropos of what you are speaking of.’
    • ‘For example, apropos of ‘design accumulation’ in Yoruba beading, Roy told us that ‘each large bead [has] its own circle of smaller beads’.’
    • ‘Suppose that after the first move has been played, we look around the board and determine apropos of each Power whether its first set of moves has been as expected, better than expected or worse than expected.’
    • ‘Whilst I am on that page, and apropos of your Honour's last question, I would also refer to the first full paragraph at page 96, the last two sentences commencing.’
    • ‘It would make for simplicity, he once remarked apropos of infant baptism, if all Adam's posterity derived souls as well as bodies from their first parent by heredity.’
    • ‘Up to this point, our expectations have been raised; we are expecting some innovative thinking apropos of the possibilities of resistance in today's workplaces.’
    • ‘I don't seem to be able to mount this in comments, so, apropos of Andrew's comment below and my response, here is a picture of the card on which the alleged defamation occurred.’
    • ‘Just apropos of the last point about incorporated practitioners, Part 10 of the Legal Practice Act regulates that.’
    • ‘And then I thought, apropos of my last blog entry, about gender roles.’
    • ‘Here's an important point that several homeland security folks have reminded me about apropos of this story.’
    • ‘Just apropos of the matters you have just raised about the conduct of solicitors, those, I think I am right in saying, am I not, are not the subject of any ground of appeal?’
    • ‘As he acknowledges, it was a charge that was sometimes made against him, and at one point he says, apropos of the great Australia batsman, that top players have to be selfish.’
    • ‘Completeley off-topic; last night apropos of S's date-hell story, I said to her ‘single is the new black.’’
    • ‘He wrote apropos of Napoleon that it was only after his second defeat, at Waterloo, that it became clear to him that his defeat was the expression of a deeper historical shift.’
    • ‘Your Honours, apropos of what our learned friend said about the Justice's judgment, in our submission, it highlights the error.’
    with reference to, with regard to, with respect to, regarding, concerning, respecting, on the subject of, in the matter of, touching on, dealing with, connected with, in connection with, about, re
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  • [predicative] Very appropriate to a particular situation.

    ‘the song feels apropos to a midnight jaunt’
    • ‘That's why ideas about the third culture are particularly apropos right now, as you are concentrating on scientists trying to take their case directly to the public.’
    • ‘True, I have chosen somewhat melodramatic examples; but there are plenty of others, less melodramatic but equally apropos - especially, perhaps, in the realm of sexual morality.’
    • ‘The audience thinks the joke is on him, but the joke is on them, an apropos conclusion.’
    • ‘The cheerleaders in the video are entirely apropos - one listen of this and you'll be dancing around too.’
    • ‘As far as the sound of the show went, the group were familiar with what they were performing, but the songs didn't translate as second nature; rediscovering bike riding would be an apropos analogy, I suppose.’
    • ‘There could never be an apropos moment to suffer such an appalling episode, but the timing in his case serves only to highlight his misfortune in even sharper relief.’
    • ‘Quotes are fine and sometimes apropos depending on the conversation's tone and topic, however, keep in mind who will be reading the e-mail and the perception your opinion via the quote you include will leave.’
    • ‘The lessons are more apropos than one might think.’
    • ‘It would be wrong to say that they display a mastery of their craft, because in this context, the word ‘dominance’ seems a lot more apropos than ‘mastery.’’
    • ‘His charming little theme's heard throughout the movie, but the producers chose to impose somebody else's noisy pop tune on the credits, obscuring his very apropos theme.’
    • ‘Bad times, rather than face, would have been more apropos.’
    • ‘This film did indeed seem particularly apropos given how important the subject of veiling has become in public debates in France, where girls have been forbidden to wear veils in public schools.’
    • ‘A more apropos quote from him would be this: ‘It is not by speeches and debates that the great issues of the day will be decided, but by blood and iron.’’
    • ‘But for everyone else, the Supreme Court's decision to embrace the principles of federalism that have always been a fundamental part of our Constitution could not have come at a more apropos time.’
    • ‘Suddenly, alcohol's nickname, firewater, has become especially apropos.’
    • ‘Surely this joke has been used elsewhere, but this was an apropos ending to the show…’
    • ‘The bizarre forelimbs of alvarezsaurids were therefore accompanied by a bizarre lifestyle, an unexpected but apropos twist in the plot of the evolutionary novel that is the fossil record.’
    • ‘But more times than not, the film can't seem to find the apropos avenue upon which to sell its wares of pragmatism.’
    • ‘Her hunger pangs serve as an apropos metaphor for her literary life.’
    • ‘Seems the floundering yet fertile imagination of this fallen idol had finally found an apropos home to roost in.’
    appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apposite, apt, applicable, suitable, germane, material, becoming, befitting, significant, to the point, to the purpose
    opportune, felicitous, timely
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Mid 17th century: from French à propos (with regard) to (this) purpose.