What does improper mean?

Definitions for improper
ɪmˈprɒp ərim·prop·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word improper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. improper(adj)

    not suitable or right or appropriate

    "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"; "improper attire for the golf course"

  2. improper, unconventional, unlawful(adj)

    not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

    "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"

  3. improper, wrong(adj)

    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

    "said all the wrong things"


  1. improper(Verb)

    To appropriate

  2. improper(Verb)

    To behave improperly

  3. improper(Adjective)

    unsuitable to needs or circumstances; inappropriate; inapt

  4. improper(Adjective)

    Not in keeping with conventional mores or good manners; indecent or immodest

  5. improper(Adjective)

    Not according to facts; inaccurate or erroneous

  6. improper(Adjective)

    Not consistent with established facts; incorrect

  7. improper(Adjective)

    Not properly named; See, for example, improper fraction

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improper(adj)

    not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper medicine; improper thought, behavior, language, dress

  2. Improper(adj)

    not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common

  3. Improper(adj)

    not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous

  4. Improper(verb)

    to appropriate; to limit

  5. Origin: [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im- not + proprius proper. See Proper.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Improper

    im-prop′ėr, adj. not suitable: unfit: unbecoming: incorrect: wrong.—adv. Improp′erly.—n. Improprī′ety.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of improper in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of improper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of improper in a Sentence

  1. U. S. Government Study On The Labeling Of Children:

    The term "learning disability" has appeal because it implies a specific neurological condition for which no one can be held particularly responsible, and yet it escapes the stigma of mental retardation. There is no implication of neglect, emotional disturbance, or improper training or education, nor does it imply a lack of motivation on the part of the child. For these cosmetic reasons, it is a rather nice term to have around.

  2. Alfred A. Montapert:

    Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship.

  3. Donald Trump:

    The report confirms that the June 9, 2016, meeting was just what Donald Trump Jr. said it was, and nothing more, and that there was nothing improper about potentially listening to information.

  4. George Will:

    In the 1940s a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1980s survey lists these top seven drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault. (Arson, gang warfare and venereal disease are also-rans.)

  5. Hunter Biden:

    In retrospect, look, I think that it was poor judgment on my part ... I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake, so I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • impropiCatalan, Valencian
  • unpassendGerman
  • ezegokiBasque
  • väärä, sopimaton, säädytönFinnish
  • impropre, inadapté, inapproprié, grossier, inconvenantFrench
  • foutief, inconsistent, ongeschikt, ongepast, verkeerd omschreven, onjuist, misplaatstDutch
  • upassende, uegnet, uriktig, urettmessig, uanstendig, feilaktigNorwegian
  • incorreto, impróprioPortuguese
  • impropriuRomanian
  • непра́вильный, ло́жный, неприли́чный, непристо́йный, неподходя́щий, оши́бочный, неуме́стныйRussian
  • neprimerenSlovene
  • uygunsuz, yanlış, yakışıksızTurkish

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