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inappropriate Syllabification: in·ap·pro·pri·ate
Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈprōprēət/

Definition of inappropriate in English:


Not suitable or proper in the circumstances: there are penalties for inappropriate behavior it would be inappropriate for me to comment
More example sentences
  • Moreover, the ubiquity of email can lead to its use in inappropriate circumstances.
  • For some reason running through a shop seems to be inappropriate behaviour.
  • There are many sorts of inappropriate behaviour from which our children need protection.
unsuitable, unfitting, unseemly, unbecoming, unbefitting, improper, impolite;
incongruous, out of place/keeping, inapposite, inapt, infelicitous, ill-suited;
ill-judged, ill-advised
informal out of order/line
formal malapropos



Example sentences
  • On more than one occasion, she said he touched her inappropriately during internal examinations which left her feeling uneasy.
  • This information has clearly been inappropriately stored and I am personally going to investigate immediately.
  • Where before he would sing her love songs, now he would castigate her for wearing make-up and dressing inappropriately.


Pronunciation: /ˌinəˈprōprēətnəs/
Example sentences
  • Our objections have been based upon the inappropriateness of the design, scale, materials and siting of their ill conceived new building, so close to a conservation area.
  • The Baroness (as she was known after her marriage to a shifty nobleman) and her friends worshipped novelty, inappropriateness, audacity, not piously but with ferocious abandon.
  • Similarly, although it would not be a crime, for example, to smoke pot on the steps of Parliament or in a playground, police could increase the fine depending on the perceived inappropriateness of the act.

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