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

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

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

  2. Improperadjective

    not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common

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

  3. Improperadjective

    not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous

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

  4. Improperverb

    to appropriate; to limit

    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. California Rep. Jackie Speier.FBI:

    I am anxious to rebut allegations that I had any improper or nefarious contact with any agent of the Russia state based on facts -- not misleading and salacious headlines, i am willing to appear voluntarily if the committee isn't looking for the headline of issuing a subpoena.

  2. Pam Bondi:

    As a career prosecutor and Attorney General, had I seen anything improper I would have taken action, i was with the president in the RV and these allegations are false.

  3. Hisao Tanaka:

    It's not my understanding that I gave orders for improper accounting, but the reality is that such an observation has been made.

  4. Dror Ladin:

    The Constitution assigns Congress the power of the purse, and no prior president has ever tried to use emergency powers to fund a chosen project -- particularly a permanent, large-scale domestic project such as this -- against congressional will. This is obviously improper.

  5. Trey Kelly:

    I won reelection on the first vote, then lost an improper second vote that never should have happened as it violated our party rules and procedure, i exercised my right to appeal the improper second vote under our state party rules.

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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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