apposition NOUN 1) chiefly technical the positioning of things next to each other. 2) Grammar a relationship in which a word or phrase is placed next to another in order to qualify or explain it (e.g. my friend Sue).
DERIVATIVES appositive adjective & noun.

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  • Appositive — Ap*pos i*tive, a. Of or relating to apposition; in apposition. n. A noun in apposition. {Ap*pos i*tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Appositive to the words going immediately before. Knatchbull. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appositive — (adj.) 1690s, from L. appositus, pp. of apponere to put to (see APPOSITE (Cf. apposite)) + IVE (Cf. ive). As a noun, from 1847 …   Etymology dictionary

  • appositive — [ə päz′ə tiv] adj. of or in apposition n. a word, phrase, or clause in apposition appositively adv …   English World dictionary

  • appositive — adjective Date: 1693 of, relating to, or standing in grammatical apposition • appositive noun • appositively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • appositive — adjective relating to or being in apposition an appositive noun • Syn: ↑appositional • Pertains to noun: ↑apposition, ↑apposition (for: ↑appositional) …   Useful english dictionary

  • appositive — appositively, adj. /euh poz i tiv/, Gram. n. 1. a word or phrase in apposition. adj. 2. placed in apposition. 3. (of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies. [1685 95; APPOSIT(ION) + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • appositive — 1. noun a word or phrase that is in apposition. 2. adjective of or being in apposition …   Wiktionary

  • appositive — adj. pertaining to apposition (sentence structure, word placement); parallel n. phrase that modifies and supplements the word or phrase directly before it (Grammar) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • appositive — ap·pos·i·tive …   English syllables

  • appositive — ap•pos•i•tive [[t]əˈpɒz ɪ tɪv[/t]] n. 1) gram. a word or phrase in apposition 2) gram. of, pertaining to, or placed in apposition • Etymology: 1685–95 ap•pos′i•tive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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