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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An accessory, equipment, gear, etc. associated with an activity or style of living.
2. A subordinate part.
3. In law, rights belonging to a principal property (for example, the right of way).
From Anglo-Norman apurtenance, from Latin appertinere (to appertain), from ad- (near) + pertinere (to belong), from per- (through) + tenere (to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which also gave us tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, pertinacious, detente, countenance, distend, extenuate, and tenable. Earliest documented use: 1377.
Appurtenance is not the opposite of purtenance, which means entrails of an animal.
“So we buy handbags and hats and other overpriced appurtenances of successful people because we have to nurture our confusing identities.”
Wan A. Hulaimi; Walking Through the Clutter of Modern World; New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur); Feb 1, 2015.
See more usage examples of appurtenance in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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