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appointment

Noun

1 the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee" [syn: assignment, designation, naming]
2 a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date" [syn: date, engagement]
3 (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel) [syn: fitting]
4 a person who is appointed to a job or position [syn: appointee]
5 the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed; "he applied for an appointment in the treasury"
6 (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment; "she allocated part of the trust to her church by appointment"

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English

Etymology

Compare with French appointement.

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ʌˈpɔɪnt.mɛnt/

Noun

  1. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust.
    He erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
  2. The state of being appointed to a service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position.
    the appointment of treasurer
  3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement.
  4. An arrangement for a meeting; an engagement.
    They made an appointment to meet at six.
    I'm leaving work early because I have a doctor's appointment.
  5. Decree; direction; established order or constitutio.
    To submit to the divine appointments.
    According to the appointment of the priests. --Ezra vi. 9.
  6. (Law) The exercise of the power of designating (under a power of appointment) a person to enjoy an estate or other specific property; also, the instrument by which the designation is made.
  7. Equipment, furniture, as for a ship or an army; whatever is appointed for use and management; outfit; (pl.) the accouterments of military officers or soldiers, as belts, sashes, swords.
    The cavaliers emulated their chief in the richness of their appointments. --Prescott.
    I'll prove it in my shackles, with these hands Void of appointment, that thou liest. --Beau. & Fl.
  8. A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college; as, to have an appointment. [U.S.]

Translations

act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office
state of being appointed
stipulation; agreement
arrangement for a meeting; an engagement

Extensive Definition

Appointment may refer to a number of things, including the following:
  • An appointment is a time reserved for something such as a doctor visit, much like a reservation.
  • An appointment, in government also refers to the assignment of a person by an official to perform a duty, such as a presidential appointment of a judge to a court. This may also happen for an office which is normally elected, but has an unexpected vacancy. A person appointed but not yet in office is a designate.
  • The power of appointment, in law, is the ability of a testator to select another person to dispose of the testator's property.
  • An appointment of clergy, in Christianity, is made by a bishop to a particular ministry setting, particularly in denominations which practice episcopal forms of church government and polity (such as Anglicanism and United Methodist Church.) Typically, a pastor is appointed to a particular church or parish.
  • Appointment is used to describe a system of selecting candidates in which the choice is made by an individual or panel rather than by a poll of the populace in general (election), or through random selection (allotment/sortition) as used to select juries.
appointment in Simple English: Appointment

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