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1. Inappropriate; ill-chosen: an infelicitous remark.
2. Causing unhappiness; unfortunate: "This amazed and enraptured Tess, whose slight experiences had been so infelicitous till now" (Thomas Hardy).

in′fe·lic′i·tous·ly adv.
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Adv.1.infelicitously - in an infelicitous manner; "he chose his words rather infelicitously"
felicitously - in a felicitous manner; "a not felicitously chosen word"
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If this happens, he will find it easy to extricate himself from those impasses that occur when he has begun a sentence or a paragraph infelicitously; and he may for the first time get a sense of genuine stylistic choice" (21).
This announcement was later repeated ad nauseam in 'Eat Bulaga,' which infelicitously reveals the appalling Sotto mindset that being a mere senator was not important enough for him to attend to full time and was just a sideline to his being a long-time hotshot television star.
This has, infelicitously, been termed a hostile environment devised to target illegal immigration.
INFELICITOUSLY, THIS MASTERPIECE STARTS with a gimmick: a half-dozen clips of familiar news footage--a helicopter discharging soldiers into a rice paddy, elliptical napalm bombs tumbling down through the clouds, etc.--played backward as if to say: Here we go, folks, we're rewinding into the past!
He poses an interesting question: whether abnormally large increases in government-funded R&D program budgets, which he calls, somewhat infelicitously, "moonshots," yield proportionately large benefits.
True, the opinion does say, perhaps infelicitously, that a plaintiff "must demonstrate" that it satisfies each of the four factors.
(10) On Bentes's view, the adaptation is twice unfaithful and doubly damned: it departs, infelicitously, from Lins's political vision and it fails to reproduce an ideologically sophisticated mode of depicting urban violence.
Yves Simon once wrote, to this point: "No spontaneous operation of intellectual relations protects the young philosopher against the risk of delivering his soul to error by choosing his teachers infelicitously." (6) This possibility is why Morson was right to explain that students will not love literature if the philosophy of their professors is skewed.
Using Woolf's relevant notebooks, stories, and manuscript versions, referring as well to passages in her letters and diaries, Latham establishes what she calls somewhat infelicitously "Dallowayisms" (a term borrowed from Seymour Chatman) to pave the way for her later examinations of contemporary fictions.
First, what he describes as the "first stage" of consequentialist arguments concerned with political obligation indicates, somewhat infelicitously, the Consequentialist Explanation of Political Authority.
I personally prefer the explanation of the University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato, who infelicitously draws a parallel to China's Great Cultural Revolution: "True believers want a little red book to wave in the air while they chant the name of their chosen leader." (That should answer your question about why every political reporter in America talks to Sabato but he never gets invited to moderate a campaign debate.) As the Chinese Communists used to say, "Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend." Or, if you prefer, "have fewer children; raise more pigs."
The referendum question, although infelicitously worded, wasn't all that difficult to understand.