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IMPROPER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does improper mean? 

IMPROPER (adjective)
  The adjective IMPROPER has 3 senses:

1. not suitable or right or appropriate
2. not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
3. not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

  Familiarity information: IMPROPER used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPROPER (adjective)


Sense 1improper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not suitable or right or appropriate

Context examples:

slightly improper to dine alone with a married man / improper medication

Similar:

wrong (not in accord with established usage or procedure)

out-of-the-way (improper or even offensive)

indecent; indecorous; unbecoming; uncomely; unseemly; untoward (not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society)

Also:

wrong (contrary to conscience or morality or law)

unfit (below the required standards for a purpose)

indecorous; indelicate (lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct)

indecent (offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters)

incorrect; wrong (not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth)

inappropriate (not suitable for a particular occasion etc)

Attribute:

correctitude; properness; propriety (correct or appropriate behavior)

Antonym:

proper (marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness)


Sense 2improper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

Synonyms:

unlawful; improper; unconventional

Context examples:

an unconventional marriage / improper banking practices

Similar:

irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)


Sense 3improper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

Synonyms:

improper; wrong; unsuitable

Context examples:

unsuitable attire for the office / said all the wrong things

Similar:

inappropriate (not suitable for a particular occasion etc)


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