in·ap·pro·pri·ate | \ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət \

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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Former wrestlers have said that Strauss contributed to an inappropriate, sexualized atmosphere at the facility that made many team members uncomfortable and that at least one wrestling coach worked to address. Elise Viebeck,, "Former Ohio State wrestling coaches release statement supporting Rep. Jim Jordan," 9 July 2018 The video network has run into trouble this year because some of its videos are inappropriate, which makes running ads before those videos a risk for brands who don’t want to be associated with the video’s content. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Cannes Lions, the ad industry’s biggest party, might finally be sobering up," 23 June 2018 Among other things, the law ended what was called the inappropriate, indefinite, and involuntary commitment of people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and chronic alcoholism. Gary Warth,, "For some parents of mentally ill, Laura's Law falls short," 11 June 2018 How inappropriate that regular-season honor seems now. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s LeBron, again, to face Warriors or Rockets," 28 May 2018 One officer in particular; however, interjected himself into the situation using language and tactics that were inappropriate, even inflammatory. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Georgia officer resigns after dragging black woman, 65, from car," 11 May 2018 Despite the numerous charges against Weinstein, and allegations of misconduct or inappropriate behavior by dozens of Hollywood women, his lawyer, Weinstein continues to pursue a career., "Harvey Weinstein Is Reportedly Acting As A Paralegal As He Pleads Not Guilty (Again)," 9 July 2018 Fair warning, though; when using any kind of Ipsum engine, check that nobody has inserted anything inappropriate for your audience (jokes, naughty words, etc.). Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Mr. Marketing: A tastier Lorem Ipsum text," 14 June 2018 Needless to say, even if Kardashian had not been accompanied by her children at the time, the comment would still be inappropriate. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kourtney Kardashian Responds to Fan Who Mom-Shamed Her Bikini Photo," 9 July 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of inappropriate 

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

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