Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To belong as a proper function or part; pertain: problems appertaining to social reform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To belong to or be a part of, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To belong or pertain, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To belong or pertain, as a part (to the whole), a member (to a class), a possession, or an attribute; belong by association or normal relation.
  • Synonyms See pertain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be a part or attribute of

Etymologies

Middle English appertenen, from Old French apartenir, from Vulgar Latin *appartenēre, from Late Latin appertinēre : ad-, ad- + pertinēre, to belong; see pertain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English apperteinen, apertenen, from Old French apartenir (French appartenir), from Latin appertinere, from ad ("to") + pertinere ("to reach to, belong"). See pertain for details. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The neat, suitable uniforms of the British nurses, the appliances they use, the various inventions they have made for the sick-room, can not fail to prove to the most careless observer that the profession to which these things appertain is both honorable and scientific.

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  • Absolute, which are such as appertain and belong to particular men, merely as individuals or single persons : relative, which are incident to them as members of fociety, and standing in various relations to each other.

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  • Now it seems to me very convenient to delineate, as it were, in the rough draught, those signs and marks that distinguish a malicious narration from a candid and unbiassed one, applying afterwards every point we shall examine to such as appertain to them.

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  • Under conditions such as appertain to New England and the adjacent

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  • I allude to the means of communication by which different parts of the wide expanse of our country are to be placed in closer connection for purposes both of defense and commercial intercourse, and more especially such as appertain to the communication of those great divisions of the Union which lie on the opposite sides of the Rocky Mountains.

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  • For limited market items this would appertain for an extended period, but any popular item should drop to 5-7% of hardcopy withing a year or two.

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  • The Coronation Oath Act requires the monarch to “maintaine the Laws of God the true profession of the Gospel and the Protestant reformed religion established by law [...] and [...] preserve unto the bishops and clergy of this realm and to the churches committed to their charge all such rights and privileges as by law do or shall appertain unto them or any of them”.

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  • It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the military and naval forces, as first General and admiral of the Confederacy; while that of the British king extends to the DECLARING of war and to the RAISING and REGULATING of fleets and armies, all which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature. eric wrote on September 17, 2007 10: 22 AM:

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  • A right of action for a declaration that any law is invalid on any grounds other than inconsistency with the provisions of articles 33 to 45 of this Constitution shall appertain to all persons without distinction and a person bringing such an action shall not be required to show any personal interest in support of his action.

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  • John XXIII says in section 16 of Mater et Magistra that“We approach the subject social and economic theory with confidence, and in the exercise of the rights which manifestly appertain to Us.”

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