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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Rather than feel voyeuristic or inappropriate, the moment is tender and, for many viewers, familiar. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Slow, Messy Evolution of LGBTQ Dating Shows," 4 July 2019 When the punch line comes, the energy being expended to suppress inappropriate emotions, such as desire or hostility, is no longer needed and is released as laughter. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 The appeal must clearly outline what the policyholder thinks was inappropriate about the handling of the claim. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "FEMA details flood insurance claim process at Kingwood meeting," 21 June 2019 Ronald Rubin was suspended as commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation after an employee accused him of inappropriate behavior. miamiherald, "DeSantis vows to look into sexual harassment allegations against banking regulator," 4 June 2019 Full disclosure: The show is, like, super inappropriate. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What to Watch on Netflix in October, According to Our Editors," 1 Oct. 2018 The movie’s onetime director, former chief creative officer John Lasseter, stepped down from Pixar after he was accused of inappropriate workplace behavior later that year. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Toy Story 4 Is a Good Sequel. Here's What the Star Wars, Avengers and Game of Thrones Franchises Can Learn From It," 21 June 2019 WFTV-Channel 9 has reported the probe surrounded accusations Taylor took inappropriate photos of a city employee. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Mount Dora police sergeant resigns after probe into standards of conduct violations," 20 June 2019 The mural has generated outrage in recent months among some students and community groups who say the images of black slaves picking cotton and white settlers stepping over a dead American Indian are offensive and inappropriate for children. Jill Tucker,, "Fate of controversial SF high school mural down to three options," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of inappropriate was in 1804

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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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