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[in-uh-proh-pree-it] /ˌɪn əˈproʊ pri ɪt/
not appropriate; not proper or suitable:
an inappropriate dress for the occasion.
1795-1805; in-3 + appropriate
Related forms
inappropriately, adverb
inappropriateness, noun
improper, unsuitable, inapt, unfitting. Unabridged
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  • My sister fought for her kids, they finally got tested, and now they are in appropriate academic programs and are doing well.
  • And many of them were in the habit of saying the same sorts of things themselves, in appropriate company.
  • Animals live in appropriate social groups within enclosures designed to resemble their natural habitat.
  • Candidates must have an active research agenda and be involved in appropriate professional organizations.
  • The contextualist believes not in form for form's sake, as many modernist architects did, but in appropriate form.
  • Characters are dressed in appropriate period costumes but are otherwise largely uncharacterized.
  • Players will be evaluated and placed in appropriate groups based on ability and experience.
British Dictionary definitions for in appropriate


not fitting or appropriate; unsuitable or untimely
Derived Forms
inappropriately, adverb
inappropriateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for in appropriate



1804, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + appropriate (adj.). Related: Inappropriately; inappropriateness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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