Definition of aptness in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of being appropriate or suitable.

    ‘the aptness of the punishment’
    • ‘Moreover, as his case shows, the longer a pontificate lasts, the greater the likelihood that a name chosen in good faith will outlive its aptness.’
    • ‘It is not without a certain aptness, then, that the Southerner's chosen drink is called moonshine.’
    • ‘I didn't need to extend myself very far to see the aptness of the simile - the frill could be the white chuti that frames the Kathakali dancer's face and the changing colours akin to the dancer's colours.’
    • ‘The aptness of exile as a description of the modern condition affirms our movement away from or out of the sacred landscape, even if only through nature's erasure or desecration.’
    • ‘Turning this quote on its head, one can confidently say that readers have proved this paradise allegory's aptness over and over again.’
    suitability, appropriateness, appropriacy, relevance, fitness, felicity, congruity, applicability, pertinence, judiciousness, appositeness, becomingness
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