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Definition of Appropriate


  1. Set apart for a particular use or person. Hence: Belonging peculiarly; peculiar; suitable; fit; proper.
  2. To take to one's self in exclusion of others; to claim or use as by an exclusive right; as, let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.
  3. To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, in exclusion of all others; -- with to or for; as, a spot of ground is appropriated for a garden; to appropriate money for the increase of the navy.
  4. To make suitable; to suit.
  5. To annex, as a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property.
  6. A property; attribute.

Appropriate Quotations

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?

Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
E. W. Howe

Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
Thomas Aquinas

I believe everyone should have a good death. You know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. Because after all, tears are appropriate on a death bed. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop.
Terry Pratchett
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Appropriate Translations

appropriate in Afrikaans is geskikt
appropriate in Dutch is gepast, passend, geschikt
appropriate in French is appropriez, approprient, homologue, approprions
appropriate in Latin is vindico (vindicatum), adsumo (assumo), aptus
appropriate in Norwegian is passende
appropriate in Portuguese is apropriado
appropriate in Spanish is tempestivo, apropiado, adecuada, respectivo
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