Definition of inappropriate in English:



  • Not suitable or proper in the circumstances.

    ‘there are penalties for inappropriate behavior’
    ‘it would be inappropriate for me to comment’
    • ‘It would be inappropriate if there was a group called by that name now, but words change their meaning.’
    • ‘We're still old fashioned enough to think salad inappropriate for rainy, chilly days.’
    • ‘Perhaps the aim itself was improper, inappropriate alike for artists and for human beings.’
    • ‘What may be a proper decision today, could be regarded as inappropriate some years from now.’
    • ‘For some reason running through a shop seems to be inappropriate behaviour.’
    • ‘He said that whether or not they were inappropriate was a matter of taste.’
    • ‘Residents believe some of the sites identified are inappropriate for housing.’
    • ‘Was it inappropriate to expect a small gift to show how much he missed me?’
    • ‘In a report to the planning committee, officers say other sites in the city are inappropriate.’
    • ‘Congestion charging would generally be inappropriate, but could be a last resort.’
    • ‘His use of the definite article in his sub-title is, one would argue, inappropriate.’
    • ‘They have experimented and pushed their own boundaries without being inappropriate.’
    • ‘It is green belt land and so housing development is considered inappropriate.’
    • ‘For them to even be having a platonic relationship is highly inappropriate and we are very concerned.’
    • ‘There are many sorts of inappropriate behaviour from which our children need protection.’
    • ‘As for the park becoming a site for a school, it is absolutely inappropriate.’
    • ‘They said they believed it to be an inappropriate location for such a club.’
    • ‘A proper tracker for the biotechnology sector would not be inappropriate either.’
    • ‘Moreover, the ubiquity of email can lead to its use in inappropriate circumstances.’
    • ‘It would clearly be inappropriate to deprive either party of a proper analysis of his case.’
    unsuitable, unfitting, ill-suited, unseemly, unbecoming, unprofessional, unfit, unbefitting, indecorous, improper, lacking in propriety, ungentlemanly, unladylike
    incongruous, out of place, out of keeping, wrong, amiss, inapposite, inapt
    inexpedient, inadvisable, injudicious, ill-advised, ill-judged, ill-considered, infelicitous, unfortunate, regrettable, misguided, misplaced, ill-timed, untimely, inopportune, undue, untoward, tactless, tasteless, in bad taste, in poor taste, undesirable
    out of order
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