appose vs oppose :

appose or oppose

These two spellings originally meant the same thing, but now “appose” is a rare word having to do with placing one thing close to or on something else (compare with juxtapose). It mainly occurs today as an error spelling-checkers won’t catch when the word intended is “oppose,” meaning to be against something. If you object to a proposed course of action, you are opposed (not “apposed”) to it.

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  • v  place side by side or in close proximity

  • v  be against; express opposition to
    We oppose the ban on abortion
  • v  fight against or resist strongly
    The senator said he would oppose the bill
  • v  contrast with equal weight or force
  • v  set into opposition or rivalry
  • v  act against or in opposition to
  • v  be resistant to
    The board opposed his motion
News & Articles

  • Hong Kong People Oppose Returning Snowden to U.S., Poll Shows
    Hong Kong residents would oppose any demand for extradition of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to the city after exposing a U.S. surveillance program, according to a poll published today.
    June 16, 2013 - Bloomberg
  • Feds oppose release of suspect in St. Clair County judge drug case
    BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Federal prosecutors in southern Illinois say they will oppose a motion to release a man who’s involved in a judicial corruption case for drug treatment. The attorney for Sean McGilvery has asked U.S. Magistrate Donald Wilkerson to reconsider his May 30 order that McGilvery remain in jail until his drug trafficking trial. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Assistant U.S ...
    June 13, 2013 - KMOV St. Louis
  • Republicans oppose, Democrats support NSA surveillance, poll says
    A majority of Americans oppose National Security Agency programs using records gathered from telecom and Internet companies, according to a poll released Wednesday.        
    June 12, 2013 - Los Angeles Times