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 The inspector general’s findings are a remarkable declaration that the Trump administration’s treatment of whistle-blowers was inappropriate. Dan Lamothe,, 19 May 2022 Many Democrats have shrugged off criticism that the protests are inappropriate, noting that protesters often demonstrate outside their homes as well. New York Times, 12 May 2022 New York Attorney General Letitia James, in the statement, said Batali and his business partner allowed shameful behavior that was inappropriate in any setting. John Hilliard,, 8 May 2022 But some Alabama parents felt the survey’s demographic questions, and the company’s broader support of LGBTQ youth, were inappropriate, prompting the district and state to remove the resource. Rebecca Griesbach |, al, 4 May 2022 Gableman and other Republicans have contended the center's work was inappropriate. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 In trial, a judge ruled that Apple was ok to charge a commission, but found that the tech giant’s anti-steering rule (which said that companies like Epic couldn’t direct users to their website to pay for a subscription or content) was inappropriate. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2022 Amazon filed its own objections to the conduct of the vote late Thursday, arguing that a mail-ballot election was inappropriate and that union representatives surveilled workers and offered to take their ballots, among other claims. Spencer Soper,, 7 Apr. 2022 Descano’s office also said the burglary charge was inappropriate for the apartment break-in. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Inappropriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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