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.

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Boren has denied any inappropriate behavior but declined a request for an interview, citing poor health, Burke said. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Investigation clouds Oklahoma icon’s distinguished legacy," 31 Mar. 2019 Positive Discipline is a method where parents clearly communicate what behaviors are appropriate, which ones are inappropriate, and what the rewards for good behavior and the consequences for bad behavior are. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Positive Discipline? Experts Say This Method Is Effective at Getting Kids to Behave," 8 Mar. 2019 Other tweets have been bizarre and inappropriate, such as accusing a diver trying to rescue children in Thailand of being a pedophile. Rani Molla, Recode, "10 charts that sum up 2018 (so far)," 13 Aug. 2018 And does the timing of allegations of inappropriate touching raise questions? William A. Galston, WSJ, "How Character Can Win the Next Election," 9 Apr. 2019 That initially dominated the conversation around you -- did fans ever take that infatuation with you too far into something inappropriate? Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race' Runner-Up Kameron Michaels Talks Being Underestimated, Thirsty Fans & More," 29 June 2018 The duchess begged her dad to stop their public feud and called him out for his inappropriate behavior. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Her Dad: A Timeline of Their Rocky Relationship," 6 Mar. 2019 The two women who Johnson said witnessed the encounter denied seeing any inappropriate behavior. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Another Woman Has Accused Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct," 25 Feb. 2019 Dushku's story was revealed as part of the network's investigation of Les Moonves, the former chief executive who was fired after multiple women accused him of inappropriate conduct. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Eliza Dushku Takes On CBS Over Sexual Harassment Comments, Gets All Her Power Back," 20 Dec. 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 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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