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[im-pruh-prahy-i-tee] /ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural improprieties for 4, 5.
the quality or condition of being improper; incorrectness.
inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
unseemliness; indecorousness.
an erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc.
an improper use of a word or phrase.
Origin of impropriety
1605-15; < Late Latin improprietās. See im-2, propriety Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impropriety
  • Avoid even the appearance of impropriety with students, even if it means you have to be somewhat aloof towards them.
  • As they were not independent from each other, there was the appearance of impropriety and conflict of interest.
  • Accounting impropriety may conceal those errors, for a time, but is hardly ever the main cause.
  • The students didn't seem to understand the impropriety of their language in those situations, since no one taught them.
  • Most important for any society is that its top leadership must indeed be above greed and impropriety.
  • The mad rush for financial success is so great, that people of the nation are ready to discount moral and legal impropriety.
  • On the other hand, if there were any impropriety in a private company, the public might not get to hear about it.
  • Gone are the days when office relationships were scorned for fear of favoritism, impropriety or security problems.
  • The scandalized stage manager immediately ordered him to correct this impropriety.
  • His job is to review cases of alleged impropriety within the department.
British Dictionary definitions for impropriety


noun (pl) -ties
lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
an improper act or use
the state of being improper
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Word Origin and History for impropriety

1610s, "quality or fact of being improper," from French impropriété (16c.), from Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper). As "improper thing," 1670s.

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