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  • adj. Taking or setting apart for oneself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Appropriating; making, or tending to, appropriation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Appropriating; making appropriation; having the power, tendency, or capability of appropriating.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or given to the act of taking for yourself


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  • How and why not to ask a Native professor to come in and talk to your 8th grade class about the book they just read by an appropriative white author.


  • This is not just appropriative or transphobic, it directly threatens the safety and privacy of trans women:

    Help get taken down! « Bound, Not Gagged

  • As a result, it has the incidental effect of stifling the vast majority of appropriative forms of artistic expression and social commentary, regardless of the social import and regardless of how creative a work is.

    Copyright Law, Freedom of Expression and Canwest v. Horizon : Law is Cool

  • - When someone says "Picking and choosing from oppressed cultures for your pretties is appropriative," and we get that zero-g stomach-doing-flips sense of I have done something fundamentally wrong.

    As we're looking through our prison bars do I see mud when you see stars?

  • I don't usually attend poetry sessions but there's one on "appropriative poetry" that sounds kind of interesting.

    Getting Peachy

  • While this appropriative act corresponds in fascinating ways with Mary Robinson's blurring of the fictional/factual interplay in her various stage and

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • Cf. a passage Eileen cited here: Claustrophilia . . . names the love that lights up a body, building, or book, from within, acknowledging what is discrete and irreconcilable in the beloved as the effect of one's own appropriative, organizing gaze.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • How do I justify any sort of misuse of sacred cultural products and aesthetic forms, whether it be cross-cultural or intra-cultural, appropriative or not, if I accept the very idea of a sacred domain?

    The Sacred Domain

  • Where we're talking about a particular type of appropriative act I think we would be better served finding a more specific descriptor for what's going on.

    Cultural Appropriation

  • Many English translators early chose "appropriation" or "appropriative event" to render this special sense.

    Archive 2007-07-01


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