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Out of place; inappropriate.
In an inappropriate or inopportune manner.
[French mal à propos : mal, badly + à propos, to the purpose; see apropos.]
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of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind
in an inappropriate way or manner
something inopportune or inappropriate
[C17: from French mal à propos not to the purpose]
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mal•ap•ro•pos(ˌmæl æp rəˈpoʊ)
1. inappropriate; inopportune: a malapropos remark.adv.
2. inappropriately; inopportunely.
[1660–70; < French mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose]
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|Adj.||1.||malapropos - of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature|
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"
apropos - of an appropriate or pertinent nature
|Adv.||1.||malapropos - at an inconvenient time; "he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner"; "she answered malapropos"|
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