When we determine the appropriateness of a situation, we ask, "Is it right? Is it suitable? Is it...appropriate?"

Appropriateness is often assessed according to individual taste or belief and can change with the times, or from culture to culture. Ongoing debates about appropriateness affect the dress code in public schools, the kind of language allowed on television, and the strategies politicians use to win elections.

Definitions of appropriateness

n the quality of being specially suitable

inappropriateness, unworthiness
the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
felicitousness, felicity
pleasing and appropriate manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
appositeness, aptness
appropriateness for the occasion
just the ticket, ticket
the appropriate or desirable thing
Type of:
suitability, suitableness
the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose

n appropriate conduct; doing the right thing

inappropriateness, wrongness
inappropriate conduct
Type of:
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior