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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Appointment \Ap*point"ment\, n. [Cf. F. appointement.]
1. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an
office or discharge a trust; as, he erred by the
appointment of unsuitable men.
2. The state of being appointed to som? service or office; an
office to which one is appointed; station; position; an,
the appointment of treasurer.
3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual
agreement. Hence:: Arrangement for a meeting; engagement;
as, they made an appointment to meet at six.
4. Decree; direction; established order or constitution; as,
to submit to the divine appointments.
According to the appointment of the priests. --Ezra
5. (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.
6. 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,
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.
7. An allowance to a person, esp. to a public officer; a
perquisite; -- properly only in the plural. [Obs.]
An expense proportioned to his appointments and
fortune is necessary. --Chesterfield.
8. A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a
public exhibition of a college; as, to have an
Syn: Designation; command; order; direction; establishment;
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
"the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
[syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming]
2: a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid
kissing at the end of a date" [syn: date, appointment,
3: (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a
ship or hotel) [syn: appointment, fitting]
4: a person who is appointed to a job or position [syn:
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"
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
116 Moby Thesaurus words for "appointment":
accession, allocation, allotment, anointing, anointment,
apostolic orders, appropriation, arrangement, arrogation,
assignation, assignment, assumption, authorization, berth,
bespeaking, billet, blind date, booking, brevet, briefing, bull,
calling, canonization, choice, conferment, connection,
consecration, coronation, date, declaration, decree, decree-law,
decreement, decretal, decretum, delegation, deputation,
designation, dictum, diktat, double date, earmarking, edict,
edictum, election, employment, empowerment, engagement,
engagement book, fiat, gig, hiring, holy orders, incumbency,
induction, installation, institution, interview, investiture,
ipse dixit, job, law, legitimate succession, major orders, meeting,
minor orders, moonlighting, naming, nomination, office, opening,
ordainment, orders, ordinance, ordination, ordonnance, place,
political election, position, post, posting, preengagement,
preferment, presentation, proclamation, pronouncement,
pronunciamento, reading in, rendezvous, rescript, reservation,
retainment, rule, ruling, second job, seizure, selection,
senatus consult, senatus consultum, service, setting aside,
situation, slot, spot, station, succession, tabbing, tagging,
taking on, taking over, tenure, transferral, tryst, ukase,
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
APPOINTMENT, chancery practice. The act of a person authorized by a will or
other instrument to direct how trust property shall be disposed of,
directing such disposition agreeably to the general directions of the trust.
2. The appointment must be made in such a manner as to come within the
spirit of the power. And although at law the rule only requires that some
allotment, however small, shall be given to each person, when the power is
to appoint to and among several persons; the rule in equity differs, and
requires a real and substantial portion to each, and a mere nominal
allotment to one is deemed illusory and fraudulent. When the distribution is
left to discretion, without any prescribed rule, Is to such of the children
as the trustee shall think proper, he may appoint to one only; 5 Ves. 857;
but if the words be, 'amongst' the children as he should think proper, each
must have a share, and the doctrine of illusory appointment applies. 4 Ves.
771 Prec. Ch. 256; 2 Vern. 513. Vide, generally, 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 40, 95,
201, 235, 237; 2 Id. 1 27; 1 Vern. 67, n.; 1 Ves. Jr. 31 0, n.; 4 Kent, Com.
337; Sugd. on Pow. Index, h.t.; 2 Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 2 Bouv. Inst. n.
1921, et seq.
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
APPOINTMENT, government, wills. The act by which a person is selected and
invested with an office; as the appointment of a judge, of which the making
out of his commission is conclusive evidence. 1 Cranch, 137, 155; 10 Pet.
343. The appointment of an executor, which is done by nominating him as such
in a will or testament.
2. By appointment is also understood a public employment, nearly
synonymous with office. The distinction is this, that the term appointment
is of a more extensive signification than office; for example, the act of
authorizing a man to print the laws of the United States by authority, and
the right conveyed by such an act, is an appointment, but the right thus
conveyed is not an office. 17 S. & R. 219, 233. See 3 S. & R. 157; Coop.
Just. 599, 604.
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