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infelicitous

[in-fuh-lis-i-tuh s] /ˌɪn fəˈlɪs ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
inapt, inappropriate, or awkward; malapropos:
an infelicitous remark.
2.
not felicitous, happy, or fortunate; unhappy.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; in-3 + felicitous
Related forms
infelicitously, adverb
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  • The question for this debate is at best infelicitous and at worse misleading.
  • On such infelicitous systems, sockets and pipes are already opened in binary mode, and there is currently no way to turn that off.
British Dictionary definitions for infelicitous

infelicitous

/ˌɪnfɪˈlɪsɪtəs/
adjective
1.
not felicitous; unfortunate
2.
inappropriate or unsuitable
Derived Forms
infelicitously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infelicitous
adj.

1754, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + felicitous. Related: infelicitously.

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