inappropriate

adjective

in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: not appropriate : unsuitable
inappropriate behavior
The movie's subject matter is inappropriate for small children.
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 There is no age where using the word cancer would be inappropriate, according to Amodio. Mia Taylor, Parents, 9 Apr. 2024 The report also advised having authorizers review charter audits and relationships with outside controlling organizations for possible conflicts of interest and inappropriate levels of influence. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 The program aims to prevent inappropriate restraint, incarceration and stigmatization. Kendrick Calfee, Kansas City Star, 4 Apr. 2024 Norton Healthcare previously declined to comment on the suit involving a surgeon's inappropriate behavior. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2024 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Schumer, describing the senator's statement as an inappropriate intervention by a foreign politician during wartime. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 But in a new claim filed against the LAPD, Labrada argued former LAPD chief Michel Moore showed a double standard by not taking similar action against another top police official who had an inappropriate relationship with the same woman as Labrada. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Marilyn Rodriguez spoke against the bill on behalf of the ACLU of Arizona at a hearing last week, saying the bill would not prevent minors from accessing inappropriate content and would instead make adults fearful of using pornography sites. The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024 In Pingel's situation, a friend collected anonymous survey responses from dozens of former students and community members who reported inappropriate behavior by the administrator and other employees at the school. Jessie Opoien, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inappropriate was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Inappropriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inappropriate. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

inappropriate

adjective
in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌin-ə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: not appropriate : unsuitable
inappropriate behavior
inappropriately adverb
inappropriateness noun

Medical Definition

inappropriate

adjective
in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌin-ə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: abnormal
inappropriate urinary sodium excretionK. G. Barry & J. P. Malloy

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