What does impropriety mean?

Definitions for impropriety
ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ tiim·pro·pri·ety

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word impropriety.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impropriety, impropernessnoun

    an improper demeanor

  2. improprietynoun

    the condition of being improper

  3. indecency, improprietynoun

    an indecent or improper act

  4. familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, libertynoun

    an act of undue intimacy


  1. improprietynoun

    The condition of being improper.

  2. improprietynoun

    An improper act.

  3. improprietynoun

    Improper language.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Improprietynoun

    Unfitness; unsuitableness; inaccuracy; want of justness.

    Etymology: improprieté, Fr. from improprius, Latin.

    These mighty ones, whose ambition could suffer them to be called gods, would never be flattered into immortality; but the proudest have been convinced of the impropriety of that appellation. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    Many gross improprieties, however authorized by practice, ought to be discarded. Jonathan Swift.


  1. impropriety

    Impropriety refers to a behavior or action that is unacceptable, inappropriate, or against social norms, ethical codes, or professional standards. It often indicates behavior that can be construed as rude, indecent, or lacking respect for traditional practices/rules. In a business context, impropriety might include dishonest practices or conflict of interest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Improprietynoun

    the quality of being improper; unfitness or unsuitableness to character, time place, or circumstances; as, impropriety of behavior or manners

  2. Improprietynoun

    that which is improper; an unsuitable or improper act, or an inaccurate use of language

  3. Etymology: [L. improprietas; cf. F. improprit. See Improper.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impropriety in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impropriety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of impropriety in a Sentence

  1. Michael Guttentag:

    At the very least, it creates the potential impression of impropriety.

  2. Joel Schwartz:

    It was a motion to disqualify (Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner) based on the appearance of impropriety. Essentially that she politicized these charges.

  3. Didier Drogba:

    Despite their claims, there is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, no impropriety.

  4. Rod Rosenstein:

    I am not aware of any impropriety. Special Counsel is subject to oversight by the Department of Justice and I’m not aware of any violations of those rules, appearance is, to some extent, in the eye of the beholder. We apply the department’s rules and regulations, and career ethics attorneys provide us counsel on that.

  5. Roger Stone:

    Read MoreStone knows nothing about Russian Collusion, WikiLeaks collaboration or any other impropriety related to the 2016 election which I thought was the subject of this probe.

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