- 1Not in accordance with accepted rules or standards, especially of morality or honesty: he was accused of improper behavior in his business dealingsMore example sentences
- The fall in stock market values is attributed mainly to concerns about improper accounting standards.
- If there's a potential conflict of interest or improper influence, the public has a right to know.
- Many acts may look improper and unethical, yet there may have been a good reason for them.
- 1.1Lacking in modesty or decency: it was thought improper for elderly women to wear bright colorsMore example sentences
- She had spoken without being asked a question, which was improper and impolite.
- The doctor, a married father of three, accepts meeting Miss A outside work but denied any improper conduct took place.
- Our children unfortunately are not generally made aware that behaving rudely is improper.
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- There is no suggestion that either expert acted improperly.
- At the end of the exercise, 40 persons were found to be improperly receiving welfare assistance.
- Superclubs operate strict door policies, turning up their noses at gangs of unaccompanied men or the improperly dressed.
late Middle English: from French impropre or Latin improprius, from in- 'not' + proprius 'one's own, proper'.