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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.
Origin of inappropriate
1795-1805; in-3 + appropriate
Related forms
inappropriately, adverb
inappropriateness, noun
improper, unsuitable, inapt, unfitting. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inappropriate


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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