Improper



[im-prop-er] /ɪmˈprɒp ər/

adjective
1.
not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, correct, etc.; erroneous:
He drew improper conclusions from the scant evidence.
2.
not in accordance with propriety of behavior, manners, etc.:
improper conduct at a funeral.
3.
unsuitable or inappropriate, as for the purpose or occasion:
improper attire for a formal dance.
4.
abnormal or irregular:
improper functioning of the speech mechanism.
/ɪmˈprɒpə/
adjective
1.
lacking propriety; not seemly or fitting
2.
unsuitable for a certain use or occasion; inappropriate: an improper use for a tool
3.
irregular or abnormal
adj.

mid-15c., “not true,” from French impropre (14c.), from Latin improprius, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + proprius (see proper). Meaning “not suited, unfit” is from 1560s; that of “not in accordance with good manners, modesty, decency” is from 1739. Related: Improperly (late 14c.).

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