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Meaning of IMPROPER

Pronunciation:  im'prâpur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not appropriate for a purpose or occasion; "unsuitable attire for the office"; "said all the wrong things"
  2. [adj]  not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"
  3. [adj]  not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention; "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"

IMPROPER is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, irregular, out-of-the-way, unbecoming, uncomely, unconventional, unlawful, unseemly, unsuitable, untoward, wrong
 Antonyms: proper
 See Also: indelicate, unfit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*prop"er\, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im-
    not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.]
    1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances,
       design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous;
       inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper medicine;
       improper thought, behavior, language, dress.
             Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service,
             Improper for a slave.                 --Shak.
             And to their proper operation still, Ascribe all
             Good; to their improper, Ill.         --Pope.
    2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general;
       common. [Obs.]
             Not to be adorned with any art but such improper
             ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and
             poetry.                               --J. Fletcher.
    3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous.
    {Improper diphthong}. See under {Diphthong}.
    {Improper feud}, an original feud, not earned by military
       service. --Mozley & W.
    {Improper fraction}. See under {Fraction}.
  2. \Im*prop"er\, v. t.
    To appropriate; to limit. [Obs.]
          He would in like manner improper and inclose the
          sunbeams to comfort the rich and not the poor. --Jewel.
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