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ap•pos•i•tive  (ə pozi tiv), 
[Gram.]

n. 
  • Grammara word or phrase in apposition.

  • adj. 
  • Grammarplaced in apposition.
  • Grammar(of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies.
  • Etymology:
    • apposit(ion) + -ive 1685–95
    ap•posi•tive•ly, adj. 

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    ap•po•si•tion /ˌæpəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]

      Grammarin apposition, (of two consecutive nouns in a sentence) referring to the same person or thing. In the sentence "Washington, our first president, was born in Virginia'', the nouns Washington and our first president are in apposition
    . ap•pos•i•tive/əˈpɑzɪtɪv/USA pronunciation  adj. 

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    ap•po•si•tion  (ap′ə zishən), 
    n. 
    1. the act of placing together or bringing into proximity;
      juxtaposition.
    2. the addition or application of one thing to another thing.
    3. Grammar[Gram.]a syntactic relation between expressions, usually consecutive, that have the same function and the same relation to other elements in the sentence, the second expression identifying or supplementing the first. In Washington, our first president, the phrase our first president is in apposition with Washington.
    4. Cell Biology[Biol.]growth of a cell wall by the deposition of new particles in layers on the wall. Cf. intussusception (def. 2).
    Etymology:
    • Latin apposit(us) (see apposite) + -iōn- -ion
    • Late Latin appositiōn- (stem of appositiō)
    • late Middle English apposicioun 1400–50
    ap′po•sition•al, adj. 
    ap′po•sition•al•ly, adv. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    appositive /əˈpɒzɪtɪv/ adj
    1. of or relating to apposition
    n
    1. an appositive word or phrase

    apˈpositively adv



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