improper

adjective
im·​prop·​er | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprä-pər How to pronounce improper (audio) \

Definition of improper

: not proper: such as
a : not in accord with propriety, modesty, good manners, or good taste improper language
b : not suited to the circumstances, design, or end improper medicine
c : not regularly or normally formed or not properly so called
d : not in accord with fact, truth, or right procedure : incorrect improper inference

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Other Words from improper

improperly adverb
improperness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for improper

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners. indecorous behavior improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method. improper use of campaign contributions unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste. remarried with unseemly haste unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status. conduct unbecoming to an officer indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling. indelicate expressions for bodily functions

Examples of improper in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web Experts said the fact that a school employee used his knee to pin down a student is a sign of either a lack of training or of improper training. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 As such, this is an improper attempt by NYRA to circumvent the Judge’s ruling. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 11 Sep. 2021 As a result, he was charged with OVI and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 State and local prosecutors can drum up all sorts of charges, such as the improper burial of fetal remains. Christine Grimaldi, SELF, 10 Sep. 2021 As such, this is an improper attempt by NYRA to circumvent the Judge’s ruling. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Nails undergo regular wear and tear, from improper gel removal to frequent handwashing—which can lead to ragged cuticles and weak or brittle nails. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2021 How could such outstanding young leaders make what seemingly was a clearly improper choice? Michael Peregrine, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million-dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now effectively surrendered. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of improper

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for improper

Middle English, from Middle French impropre, from Latin improprius, from in- + proprius proper

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Dictionary Entries Near improper

impromptu

improper

improper diphthong

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15 Sep 2021

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“Improper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/improper. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for improper

improper

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of improper

: not correct
: not following rules of acceptable behavior : legally or morally wrong
: not suitable for the situation : not appropriate

improper

adjective
im·​prop·​er | \ im-ˈprä-pər How to pronounce improper (audio) \

Kids Definition of improper

: not proper, right, or suitable He used improper grammar.

Other Words from improper

improperly adverb

improper

adjective
im·​prop·​er

Legal Definition of improper

: not proper: as
a : not in accord with correct procedure an improper venue
b : wrongful specifically : in violation of a constitution the denial of trial by jury was held improper

Other Words from improper

improperly adverb

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