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adjective 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.

inappropriately

adverb
    • dressed inappropriately

inappropriateness

noun
    • the inappropriateness of his comments

Examples of inappropriate in a Sentence

  1. We won't tolerate such inappropriate behavior.

  2. Her informal manner seemed wholly inappropriate to the occasion.

Recent Examples of inappropriate from the Web

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804


INAPPROPRIATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of inappropriate for English Language Learners

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


INAPPROPRIATE Defined for Kids

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

Definition of inappropriate for Students

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

inappropriately

adverb
  • He dressed inappropriately.

Medical Dictionary

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adjective 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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