Definition of inapposite in US English:



  • Out of place; inappropriate.

    ‘the Shakespearean allusions are inapposite’
    • ‘But while allowing that his book is superior in almost every way to your average music journalism, I wonder whether in choosing such an inapposite subject Ricks is not throwing into question the value of academic scrutiny.’
    • ‘The use of the phrase ‘subject to licence’ is not wholly inapposite since it marks the need for the assignee to have a formal licence as part of his documents of title.’
    • ‘Paddy Cunneen's music, screechily inapposite Irish jigs scraped out on one or two instruments, is as unhelpful as the by-now-clichéd Edwardian costuming.’
    • ‘Indeed, the test, it can be argued, is inapposite in many cases.’
    • ‘He insisted that the data supplied by the claimants rested ‘on surmise and inapposite extrapolations from animal studies and industrial accidents’.’
    • ‘It made me wonder what criticism was, or reviewing: perhaps the saying of inapposite things in uninteresting ways.’
    • ‘It is, of course, axiomatic that in this field we must be on our guard, when considering liability for damages in nuisance, not to draw inapposite conclusions from cases concerned only with a claim for an injunction.’
    • ‘To these ludicrous features was added an intense and seemingly inapposite pride in his native country.’
    • ‘Since the proposals were to be made in secret, and not in full glare of the Arab world, the UN floor would seem a highly inapposite point of discussion.’
    • ‘The ‘Duchess of Doom’ seems like an inapposite moniker for one whose accent is more the English south coast than south Kensington and whose blonde, good looks radiate charm.’
    inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, out of place, infelicitous, misplaced, misguided, ill-considered, ill-judged, ill-advised
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