improper


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to improper: improperly, In proper, improper fractions

im·prop·er

 (ĭm-prŏp′ər)
adj.
1. Not suited to circumstances or needs; unsuitable: improper shoes for a hike; improper medical treatment.
2. Not in keeping with conventional mores; indecorous: improper behavior; an improper suggestion. See Synonyms at unseemly.
3. Not consistent with established truth, fact, or rule; incorrect: improper grammar; an improper conclusion.
4. Irregular or abnormal: complications due to improper functioning of the immune system.

im·prop′er·ly adv.
im·prop′er·ness n.

improper

(ɪmˈprɒpə)
adj
1. lacking propriety; not seemly or fitting
2. unsuitable for a certain use or occasion; inappropriate: an improper use for a tool.
3. irregular or abnormal
imˈproperly adv
imˈproperness n

im•prop•er

(ɪmˈprɒp ər)

adj.
1. not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, or correct: drew improper conclusions.
2. not in accordance with propriety or regulations: improper conduct.
3. abnormal; irregular.
[1535–45; < Latin]
im•prop′er•ly, adv.
im•prop′er•ness, n.
syn: improper, indecent, unbecoming, unseemly are applied to that which is inappropriate or not in accordance with propriety. improper has a wide range, being applied to whatever is not suitable or fitting, and often specifically to what does not conform to the standards of conventional morality: an improper diet; improper clothes; improper behavior in church. indecent, a strong word, is applied to what is offensively contrary to standards of propriety and esp. of modesty: indecent photographs. unbecoming is applied to what is especially unfitting in the person concerned: conduct unbecoming a minister. unseemly is applied to whatever is unfitting or improper under the circumstances: unseemly mirth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.improper - not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"; "improper attire for the golf course"
inappropriate - not suitable for a particular occasion etc; "noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness"; "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach"; "put inappropriate pressure on them"
indecent - offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters; "an earthy but not indecent story"; "an indecent gesture"
indecorous, indelicate - lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct; "indecorous behavior"
unfit - below the required standards for a purpose; "an unfit parent"; "unfit for human consumption"
wrong - contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
2.improper - not conforming to legality, moral law, or social conventionimproper - not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention; "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"
irregular - contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; "irregular hiring practices"
3.improper - not appropriate for a purpose or occasion; "said all the wrong things"
inappropriate - not suitable for a particular occasion etc; "noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness"; "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach"; "put inappropriate pressure on them"

improper

adjective
2. indecent, vulgar, suggestive, unseemly, untoward, risqué, smutty, unbecoming, unfitting, impolite, off-colour, indelicate, indecorous He would never be improper; he is always the perfect gentleman.
indecent decent, becoming, seemly, fitting, proper, delicate, decorous
3. incorrect, wrong, inaccurate, false, irregular, erroneous The improper use of medicine can lead to severe adverse reactions.

improper

adjective
Translations
غَيْر لائِق، غير ملائِم
neslušnýnevhodný
upassende
óviîeigandi; dónalegur
neprideramasnetaisyklingoji trupmenanetinkamasnetinkamumas
nepiedienīgsnepieklājīgsnepiemērots
uygunsuz

improper

[ɪmˈprɒpəʳ] ADJ
1. (= unseemly) [behaviour, laughter] → indecoroso, impropio
2. (= indecent) [remark] → indecoroso; [suggestion] → deshonesto
3. (= incorrect) [use] → indebido
4. (= illicit) [dealings] → deshonesto

improper

[ˌɪmˈprɒpər] adj
[use] → impropre, incorrect(e)
improper use of this medicine → l'usage impropre de ce médicament, l'usage incorrect de ce médicament
(= against the rules) [action, dealings] → inapproprié(e)
He maintained that he had done nothing improper → Il a maintenu qu'il n'avait rien fait d'inapproprié.
(= inappropriate) → déplacé(e), inapproprié(e)
it would be improper to ... → il serait déplacé de ..., il serait inapproprié de ...
It would be improper to speculate about this → Il serait déplacé de faire des conjectures à ce sujet., Il serait inapproprié de faire des conjectures à ce sujet.
(= unseemly) → incorrect(e), inconvenant(e)
He would never be improper, he is always the perfect gentleman → Jamais il ne se montrerait incorrect, c'est un parfait gentleman., Jamais il ne se montrerait inconvenant, c'est un parfait gentleman.

improper

adj (= unsuitable)unpassend, unangebracht; (= unseemly)unschicklich; (= indecent)unanständig; (= wrong) diagnosis, interpretationunzutreffend; useunsachgemäß; (= dishonest) practiceunlauter; (= not professional) conductunehrenhaft; it is improper to do thates gehört sich nicht, das zu tun; improper use of toolsZweckentfremdung fvon Geräten; improper use of drugs/one’s positionDrogen-/Amtsmissbrauch m

improper

[ɪmˈprɒpəʳ] adj (unseemly, indecent) → sconveniente; (wrong) → scorretto/a; (unsuitable) → improprio/a, inadatto/a

improper

(imˈpropə) adjective
(of behaviour etc) not acceptable; indecent; wrong. improper suggestions.
impropriety (imprəˈpraiəti) noun
improper fraction
a fraction which is larger than 1. 7/5 is an improper fraction.
References in classic literature ?
And away went Meg to help `that man' in his highly improper employment.
I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued.
In her own circle, it was regarded as by no means improper for kinsfolk to visit one another without invitation, or preliminary and ceremonious warning.
Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths
This same in- fernal law had existed in our own South in my own time, more than thirteen hundred years later, and under it hundreds of freemen who could not prove that they were freemen had been sold into lifelong slavery without the circumstance making any particular im- pression upon me; but the minute law and the auction block came into my personal experience, a thing which had been merely improper before became sud- denly hellish.
He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit.
She must have felt the improper and dangerous distinction.
If you had remembered that Hareton was your cousin as much as Master Heathcliff, you would have felt how improper it was to behave in that way.
or when the Testator was subjected to undue and improper influence?
Crupp a glass of the second, which (that I might have no suspicion of its being devoted to any improper use) she began to take in my presence.
Jesters and jugglers were not awanting, nor was the occasion of the assembly supposed to render the exercise of their profession indecorous or improper.
After the vegetable products of this country, it seems not improper to mention the animals which are found in it, of which here are as great numbers, of as many different species, as in any country in the world: it is infested with lions of many kinds, among which are many of that which is called the lion royal.