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Dictionary Definition

inappropriate adj
1 not suitable for a particular occasion etc; "noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness"; "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach"; "put inappropriate pressure on them" [ant: appropriate]
2 not conforming with accepted standards of propriety or taste; undesirable; "incorrect behavior"; "she was seen in all the wrong places"; "He thought it was wrong for her to go out to work" [syn: incorrect, wrong]
3 not in keeping with what is correct or proper; "completely inappropriate behavior" [syn: incompatible, out or keeping(p), unfitting]

User Contributed Dictionary



in- + appropriate


  • (UK) /ˌɪnəˈpɹəʊpɹiət/, /%In@"pr\@Upr\i@t/
  • (US) /ˌɪnəˈpɹoʊpɹiət/, /%In@"pr\oUpr\i@t/
  • Hyphenation: in·ap·pro·pri·ate


  1. Not appropriate; not suitable for the situation.
    It is inappropriate to burp at a formal dinner.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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