Definition of improper
- improper inference
- improper medicine
- improper language
The doctor gave him an improper diagnosis.
They claim to have evidence of improper police conduct.
improper use of public land
This is an improper diet for a growing teenager.
It would be improper for me to ask such a favor of her.
He made some improper remarks.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: not correct
: not following rules of acceptable behavior : legally or morally wrong
: not suitable for the situation : not appropriate
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