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.

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 The court commissioner conduct committee found this to be inappropriate. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Jan. 2022 The federal department cited inappropriate police use and management of force during 2020′s mass protests, inadequate training and subpar supervision by higher-ups. oregonlive, 20 Jan. 2022 An investigation was launched Jan. 6 into the possibility of inappropriate use of funds within the Slocomb Dixie Youth Baseball League. Carol Robinson |, al, 19 Jan. 2022 Poking fun at what the airline allegedly thought was inappropriate, Aurora posted a snapshot of how to shop a similar outfit to her sister's. Natasha Dado,, 14 Jan. 2022 Attorneys for Minaj and Petty then responded that Hough hadn’t properly served the lawsuit and that such a default was inappropriate. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2022 There are concerns that people will go to emergency room for testing, but that is an inappropriate use of the emergency room. Hallie Miller,, 24 Dec. 2021 Jones has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for over a month and the hospital says ivermectin would be medically inappropriate, according to the Forth Worth Star Telegram. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2021 That’s an action the Sheriff’s Office often does not take, even in cases where citizens complain about the inappropriate use of force. ProPublica, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of inappropriate

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Inappropriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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