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. improperadjective

    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, unlawfuladjective

    not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention

    "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"

  3. improper, wrongadjective

    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

    "said all the wrong things"


  1. improperverb

    To appropriate

  2. improperverb

    To behave improperly

  3. improperadjective

    unsuitable to needs or circumstances; inappropriate; inapt

  4. improperadjective

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

  5. improperadjective

    Not according to facts; inaccurate or erroneous

  6. improperadjective

    Not consistent with established facts; incorrect

  7. improperadjective

    Not properly named; See, for example, improper fraction

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IMPROPERadjective

    Etymology: impropre, Fr. improprius, Latin.

    As every science requires a peculiar genius, so likewise there is a genius peculiarly improper for every one. Burnet.

    The methods used in an original disease would be very improper in a gouty case. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    He disappear'd, was rarify'd;
    For 'tis improper speech to say he dy'd:
    He was exhal'd. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improperadjective

    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. Improperadjective

    not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common

  3. Improperadjective

    not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous

  4. Improperverb

    to appropriate; to limit

  5. Etymology: [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. Tina Glandian:

    We have nothing to be concerned about because... to my knowledge, nothing improper was done.

  2. Bradley Edwards:

    The information that we've received from victims, including at least one who personally visited Jeffrey Epstein, was that it was not for some business arrangement and it was for, if you're in jail, improper sexual contact.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Comey understood Trump's people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function. And he saw it as an ongoing task on his part to protect the rest of the bureau from improper contacts and interferences from a group of people he did not regard as honorable.

  4. Gerry Connolly:

    The fact that they are doing it so brazenly doesn't make it proper, it's still improper and, from my point of view, a violation of the emoluments clause.

  5. Gabe Feldman:

    For a variety of reasons, the NCAA is limited in what it can do, it’s limited by what its rules say it can do, it’s not the NCAA saying we care about an improper benefit of $1,000 more than we care about sexual assault. It’s our jurisdiction covers the improper benefits. It doesn’t cover these other areas.

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  • impropiCatalan, Valencian
  • unpassendGerman
  • ezegokiBasque
  • sopimaton, säädytön, vääräFinnish
  • impropre, inconvenant, grossier, inadapté, inappropriéFrench
  • ongepast, misplaatst, onjuist, verkeerd omschreven, ongeschikt, inconsistent, foutiefDutch
  • uriktig, urettmessig, uegnet, feilaktig, upassende, uanstendigNorwegian
  • incorreto, impróprioPortuguese
  • impropriuRomanian
  • неуме́стный, неподходя́щий, непра́вильный, ло́жный, оши́бочный, неприли́чный, непристо́йныйRussian
  • neprimerenSlovene
  • yanlış, yakışıksız, uygunsuzTurkish

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