Definition of improper
: not proper: as a : not in accord with fact, truth, or right procedure : incorrect <improper inference> b : not regularly or normally formed or not properly so called c : not suited to the circumstances, design, or end <improper medicine> d : not in accord with propriety, modesty, good manners, or good taste <improper language>
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.
Origin and Etymology of improper
Middle English, from Middle French impropre, from Latin improprius, from in- + proprius proper
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of improper
IMPROPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of improper for English Language Learners
: not correct
: not following rules of acceptable behavior : legally or morally wrong
: not suitable for the situation : not appropriate
IMPROPER Defined for Kids
Definition of improper for Students
: not proper, right, or suitable <He used improper grammar.>
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>
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