- 1Not in accordance with accepted standards, especially of morality or honesty: the improper use of public funds it was considered improper to leave one’s house on Christmas DayMore example sentences
inappropriate, unacceptable, unsuitable, unprofessional, irregular, illegitimate, against the rules; unethical, corrupt, immoral, dishonest, dishonourable, unscrupulous• informal crooked, not cricketindecent, risqué, off colour, indelicate, suggestive, naughty, ribald, earthy, Rabelaisian, smutty, dirty, filthy, vulgar, crude, rude, obscene, lewd, pornographic
- 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: an improper suggestionMore example sentences
unseemly, indecorous, unbecoming, unfitting, out of keeping, unladylike, ungentlemanly, indiscreet, indelicate, impolite, undignified; indecent, unwholesome, immodest, immoral; outrageous, scandalous, shocking, offensive, distasteful; forward, bold, brazen, shameless• informal fresh, cheeky
- 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'.