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appropriate
used in The Great Gatsby

3 uses
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Definition
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
  • And it was from Cody that he inherited money — a legacy of twenty-five thousand dollars. He didn't get it. ... He was left with his singularly appropriate education; the vague contour of Jay Gatsby had filled out to the substantiality of a man.
    p. 101.0
appropriate = suitable or fitting

(editor's note: This editor thinks Nick is saying that while with Cody, Gatsby received an education that helped prepare him to lead a life suitable of a wealthy man. Note that James Gatz invented Jay Gatsby when he met Cody. At first there was just a vague contour of Jay Gatsby. In this context, a contour is an outline or a hollow shape. That contour was substantially filled out during Gatsby's and Cody's acquaintance.)
  • "Let's get out," whispered Jordan, after a somehow wasteful and inappropriate half-hour.
    p. 45.0
  • inappropriate = improper

    (Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inappropriate means not and reverses the meaning of appropriate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • I think he hardly knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, "That's my affair," before he realized that it wasn't the appropriate reply.
    p. 90.3
appropriate = suitable (fitting for the situation)
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