inappropriate

adjective

in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌi-nə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: 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

We won't tolerate such inappropriate behavior. Her informal manner seemed wholly inappropriate to the occasion.
Recent Examples on the Web The framing suggests nefarious or inappropriate conduct by the Postal Service in response to thousands of requests for information from law enforcement agencies, which do not need to get warrants for this kind of investigation. Washington Post, 5 July 2024 Look at other ways that your child might be exposed to inappropriate language, such as in movies or video games. Amy Morin, Parents, 3 July 2024 Steps to Take: • Implement and promote reporting mechanisms for users to flag inappropriate content. Justin Maier, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2024 Plus, any power imbalance between you and your romantic interest may create an inappropriate relationship. Allie Volpe, Vox, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for inappropriate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inappropriate was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Inappropriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inappropriate. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

inappropriate

adjective
in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌin-ə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: not appropriate : unsuitable
inappropriate behavior
inappropriately adverb
inappropriateness noun

Medical Definition

inappropriate

adjective
in·​ap·​pro·​pri·​ate ˌin-ə-ˈprō-prē-ət How to pronounce inappropriate (audio)
: abnormal
inappropriate urinary sodium excretionK. G. Barry & J. P. Malloy

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