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
  1. noun
    the quality of being specially suitable
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    inappropriateness, unworthiness
    the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
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    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
    the fitness of a composition’s style to its subject
    type of:
    suitability, suitableness
    the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose
  2. noun
    appropriate conduct; doing the right thing
    synonyms: rightness
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    inappropriateness, wrongness
    inappropriate conduct
    type of:
    correctitude, properness, propriety
    correct or appropriate behavior
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