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improper

Syllabification: im·prop·er
Pronunciation: /imˈpräpər
 
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Definition of improper in English:

adjective

1Not in accordance with accepted rules or standards, especially of morality or honesty: he was accused of improper behavior in his business dealings
More 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.
Synonyms
inappropriate, unacceptable, unsuitable, unprofessional, irregular;
unethical, corrupt, immoral, dishonest, dishonorable
informal raunchy, steamy, blue, X-rated
1.1Lacking in modesty or decency: it was thought improper for elderly women to wear bright colors
More 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.
Synonyms
indecent, immodest, immoral;
scandalous, shocking, offensive

Origin

late Middle English: from French impropre or Latin improprius, from in- 'not' + proprius 'one's own, proper'.

Derivatives

improperly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with improper

bopper, chopper, copper, cropper, Dopper, dropper, hopper, Joppa, poppa, popper, proper, shopper, stopper, swapper, topper, whopper

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