What is the definition of "appositive"?

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An "appositive" is a noun, noun phrase or descriptive series that precedes an object to modify or identify it. Appositive nouns and phrases can be set off by commas as a parenthetical aside, or they can be used with dashes to indicate that a subject is being defined.

According to About.com, "appositive" is derived from the Latin for "put next to," and appositive nouns and noun phrases are usually inserted immediately before or just after the subject they identify. In the sentence, "Jim, the hardest-working kid in school, was late on Thursday," the phrase contained within the commas is the appositive modifier for the subject, Jim.

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ap·pos·i·tive
[uh-poz-i-tiv]
NOUN
1.
a word or phrase in apposition.
ADJECTIVE
2.
placed in apposition.
3.
(of an adjective or adjectival phrase) directly following the noun it modifies.
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