in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio) \

Definition of inappropriate

: not appropriate : unsuitable inappropriate behavior The movie's subject matter is inappropriate for small children.

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Other Words from inappropriate

inappropriately adverb
dressed inappropriately
inappropriateness noun
the inappropriateness of his comments

Examples of inappropriate in a Sentence

We won't tolerate such inappropriate behavior. Her informal manner seemed wholly inappropriate to the occasion.

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The reality is that Mattis or no Mattis, Trump is the president, and Trump says and does wildly inappropriate things all the time. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 What is most curious is how the phrases that occur to Trump, even if wildly inappropriate for the context at hand, all oddly hang together - this latest included. Christine Emba,, "President Trump’s ‘Space Force’ brings back ‘separate but equal’," 20 June 2018 The entries are an extremely random set of electronics, bike stuff, and one of my odder hobbies: growing wildly inappropriate trees from seeds in small apartments. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "How to review your life’s Amazon buying history—and what we learned from our own," 28 May 2018 Critics of the 2015 curriculum called it age inappropriate. Laignee Barron, Time, "Ontario Reverts to 1998 Sex-Ed Curriculum in a Win for 'Trump-Like' Premier Doug Ford," 12 July 2018 Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill faces allegations of inappropriate touching by four women, according to a legislative report obtained by IndyStar. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill will address allegations in Monday press conference," 8 July 2018 Will Corbett, litigation counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, called the ruling inappropriate. Renae Merle,, "Federal judge rules that consumer protection bureau is unconstitutional," 21 June 2018 Even before Sessions’ mention of Scripture — which the White House defended but others called inappropriate — the new policy prompted objections from the religious community. Kurtis Lee,, "Religious groups and leaders call Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy sad, sinful and immoral," 15 June 2018 The actor is also accused of inappropriate conduct and talk during rehearsals in which cast members stripped naked. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "#MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inappropriate

: not right or suited for some purpose or situation : not appropriate or suitable


in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inappropriate

: not right or suited for some purpose or situation inappropriate language

Other Words from inappropriate

inappropriately adverb He dressed inappropriately.


in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate | \ ˌin-ə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio) \

Medical Definition of inappropriate

: abnormal inappropriate urinary sodium excretion— K. G. Barry & J. P. Malloy

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