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 User @kevindelong, however, criticized the show as inappropriate for family audiences. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Lopez, Shakira inspire memes, political messages in Super Bowl LIV halftime show," 3 Feb. 2020 Some felt the video clip was an inappropriate response to the tragedy and quickly accused the vlogger of using the victims of the crash for clout. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "People Are Dragging Jeffree Star for Posting a Crying Video Following Kobe Bryant’s Death," 27 Jan. 2020 His concern here is the potential for the use of presidential power for personal or other inappropriate purposes. Stefanie Lindquist, The Conversation, "Does impeachment need a crime? Not according to framers of the Constitution," 26 Jan. 2020 One thing a supplier can do is build a device that sits in the network to monitor and block inappropriate traffic. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "State of the Anti-Car-Hacking Art from New Companies Trying to Protect Your Data," 12 Jan. 2020 With the doctors and her family still unable to resolve their differences, the ethics committee met Oct. 30 and unanimously decided further treatment was inappropriate. Dallas News, "Cook Children’s Medical Center can remove baby from life support despite mother’s wishes, judge rules," 2 Jan. 2020 Rogers police began an investigation in September after a church pastor reported a parent told him a home-school teacher was in an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to a probable cause affidavit. Arkansas Online, "Northwest Arkansas home-school teacher pleads innocent in sex assault case," 10 Dec. 2019 Some parents found the assignment to be inappropriate for their children, prompting school officials to place the teacher on leave, according to the station. Fox News, "Tennessee students stage walkout over N-word assignment after teacher placed on leave," 24 Nov. 2019 Things on sports websites that are completely inappropriate for young readers., "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 11 - Treehouse of Horror Special," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inappropriate was in 1804

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6 Feb 2020

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“Inappropriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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