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appropriate
as in:  it is appropriate


These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
  suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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  • These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
  • The movie is not appropriate for young children.
  • We disagree about what is appropriate.
  • Her behavior was inappropriate.

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  • There is a trail here, but it is more appropriate for squirrels than humans.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Mom and I finally had a chance to go shopping for weather-appropriate clothing over the weekend.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • My arms break out in chills and I suddenly have visions that are entirely too inappropriate for a high school cafeteria.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I swallow back the sudden and totally inappropriate urge to laugh hysterically.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I look at the preacher and at my new mama and fix my face to look like hers. We all sit lined up with faces like hers. She says to be appropriate. It is hard too when...
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster

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  • "No," Liam interrupted, "but I imagine it’s not pretty or appropriate for an eleven-year-old’s ears."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Another woman would have thought that her son was bewitched, and taken appropriate measures.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • To him it seems appropriate, to me eccentric: it’s a defiance of convention, but of a convention he’s never heard of.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • But at this particular moment, the exclamation mark seemed entirely appropriate. It was terribly exciting that...
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I’ve got some ideas for your ashes. ... We’ll find something appropriate.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • When asked about them I had acquired an accent appropriate to a town three states south of my own, and I had transmitted the impression, without actually stating it, that this was the old family place.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • For such things your education is appropriate and mine non-existent.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • All they want me to do is dress and behave appropriately and not embarrass them.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • I was making far more eye contact than was appropriate.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It’s an expensive clan to run with; outfits must be coordinated, crisp, and seasonally appropriate.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • It didn’t seem appropriate to be joking like that, Will, Miss Mattie Lou being so recently dead.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • ...this didn’t seem the appropriate place to mention that.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • I’ve brought appropriate clothing.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He also said that I should use the vocabulary words that I learn in class like "corpulent" and "jaundice." I would use them here, but I really don’t think they are appropriate in this format.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Behavior becomes inappropriately aggressive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • How inappropriately hormonal can one boy be?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • As for my lessons with the Captain, my mother, sensitive to the least hint of inappropriate behavior, always went with me.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • He understands the way you felt, but that doesn’t change the fact that you acted inappropriately, to say the least.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • This seemed like an appropriate time to disappear completely.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Jamie smiled and nodded at the appropriate times, asking questions every now and then.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Chiron ordered a twenty-four/seven guard duty on the hilltop, at least until he could find an appropriate monster to protect the Fleece.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • ...though it didn’t look quite as nice as the first one, it conveyed an image she thought would be more appropriate.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • I began for the first time to adopt a frame of mind appropriate for the journey before me.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • What would have been an appropriate level of intensity for my anger at feeling shut out of life?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Miss Hastings pressed the appropriate button on the remote control, and Red Stevens appeared once again on the video screen.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The champagne’s very appropriate.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • I looked sick, haunted, which I felt was appropriate so I just left my face as it was, without applying any makeup or touching my hair.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • I’d chosen this particular music because of its beautiful, lilting beat, and also because I’d Googled Aldebaran and found out it was a giant star—and I thought music that celebrated the night sky was appropriate for tonight.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • They waited for an appropriately decent answer.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • So I speak to him and say to him: "Comrade, I did not want to kill you." If you jumped in here again, I would not do it, if you would be sensible too. But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • inappropriate to the times
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • You go upstairs and put on something appropriate.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • None of us, apparently, was able to think of any appropriate way of following this command.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • It’s one of those words with many definitions, but there’s one that’s most appropriate.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Aphrodite’s laugh was way too sexual to be appropriate,
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He quickly identified the guys in the appropriate age group, most of whom seemed to be single.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Monique knew about it, but was so afraid of Jordan that she’d accepted it as appropriate discipline.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Jews were to do two years’ labour in concentration camps where we would receive ’appropriate social education’, to cure us of being ’parasites on the healthy organism of the Aryan peoples’.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
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