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.
Recent Examples on the Web After saying nothing at the rally and facing outrage, university president Ray M. Bowen released a statement a week later, acknowledging Campbell's words were inappropriate. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Dan Campbell, Detroit Lions coach front-runner, made controversial anti-gay remark in college," 16 Jan. 2021 Some official mask-testing methods are inappropriate, including the use of far higher pressure than normal breathing exerts. Jeremy Howard, The Atlantic, "Why Aren't We Wearing Better Masks?," 13 Jan. 2021 The Department of Justice says sanctions are inappropriate. Mike Schneider, ajc, "Data snags cause Trump to miss giving Congress census data," 11 Jan. 2021 Wright defended Humphrey, saying discussion of the chief outside an executive session was inappropriate. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "Board member pulls lack of confidence resolution on Little Rock police chief," 30 Dec. 2020 The mayor's apology comes in reaction to a new report released by the city's Department of Investigation, which found that the New York City Police Department's response to the protests was inappropriate. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "De Blasio apologizes for police response to George Floyd protests," 18 Dec. 2020 This egotistical use of lien payers funds is inappropriate., "Letters: Howard County school board election is supposed to be nonpartisan; more from readers | READER COMMENTARY," 16 Dec. 2020 For some reason, these occurrences become the Olympics for who can be the most inappropriate with other humans in an effort to centre themselves. Jessica Wilkins,, "Why I’ve Retired From the Bridesmaids Game," 4 Jan. 2021 Carter explains in the film that some considered their friendship inappropriate for a president -- but director Wharton is one observer who isn't surprised by their bond. Breeanna Hare, CNN, "'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President': 12 songs to listen to next," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Inappropriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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