transitive verb
im·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ ə̇mˈprōprēˌāt \

Definition of impropriate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : appropriate
2a : to take over (a benefice or ecclesiastical property) and make one's own the town which had impropriated the revenues of the church— T. D. Atkinson
b : to transfer (monastic property) to lay control or ownership distinguished from appropriate


im·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ -ə̇t \

Definition of impropriate (Entry 2 of 2)

: impropriated : lay as distinguished from clerical

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History and Etymology for impropriate

Transitive verb

Medieval Latin or New Latin impropriatus, past participle of impropriare, from Latin in- in- entry 2 + propriare to appropriate


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“Impropriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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