One of the best ways to stem this flow of guns is to identify which gun dealers are improperly selling to criminals.
He had always felt himself to be improperly regarded as a penultimate, rather than the ultimate he so clearly was.
Similarly, early progressives feared the power of an improperly informed public.
She supported the creation of watchdogs to look for graft in government, firing those who improperly profited.
For example, the Office of Inspector General found that that $5 million was improperly spent on home health services.
Perhaps several things have been improperly joined in one section.
The first of these words is often improperly used for the second.
The man was improperly and imperfectly nourished, physically.
That is all-powerful, but I will not employ it unseasonably or improperly.
Adjectives are often improperly used for adverbs: as, “extreme bad weather,” for “extremely bad weather.”
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.).