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 Some members said the inappropriate use of city resources could be considered criminal,’’ the report said. oregonlive, "Former Portland detective racked up nearly 100,000 miles on his take-home police car in 3 years," 3 Jan. 2020 Screenshots show a series of inappropriate tweets apparently sent out from Carey's account — the singer has 21.4 million followers on Twitter — on New Year's Eve. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mariah Carey's Twitter Hacked, Series of Eminem-Directed Tweets Posted," 1 Jan. 2020 Here’s a few from my Twitter mentions As well those of ESPN’s Senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski Roenick’s comments, even made under the guise of flattery, are grossly inappropriate. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "There's no defending Jeremy Roenick's inappropriate and demeaning comments," 24 Dec. 2019 Silbiger and Stubler believe journal editors should feel empowered to reject reviews that are inappropriate and even refuse to work with problematic reviewers. Christie Wilcox, Science | AAAS, "Rude paper reviews are pervasive and sometimes harmful, study finds," 12 Dec. 2019 Now, the activists have filed yet another petition with the USPTO and accused the legal adviser of making inappropriate remarks and displaying favoritism toward Gilead. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Activists say a patent office lawyer’s tweets showed ‘bias’ in favor of Gilead in HIV drug case," 12 Dec. 2019 Yelling at school staff, defending your child's disrespectful or unsafe behavior, making threats and publicly posting your displeasure about school staff online is inappropriate and unacceptable. Dear Annie, cleveland, "Dear Annie: I’m a teacher and I’m fed up with the bad behavior coming from my students and their parents," 5 Dec. 2019 Babis’ rise to power came partly thanks to his vow to crack down on corruption, but he has been accused of inappropriate use of E.U. funds. Time, "Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution Started 30 Years Ago—But It Was Decades in the Making," 16 Nov. 2019 Discrimination targeted specific people The behavior was inappropriate for a manager toward any employee, ASU said. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Leader of ASU events program in L.A. harassed, discriminated against employees, university report says," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inappropriate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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.


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Medical Definition of inappropriate

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

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