Parliament, for example, was “corrupt,” according to the Framers, because it had developed an improper dependence on the King.
Because “improper dependence” is precisely the problem that limits on aggregate contributions are meant to attack.
Two of these women, Sherron Watkins of Enron and Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom, tried to warn their bosses of improper accounting.
It had everything to do with the wrong incentives being allowed into the system because of that improper dependence.
Fully 29 examples—almost five times the number of “quid pro quo” examples—were cases of “improper dependence.”
For my own part, I thought pride in his case an improper subject for raillery.
Hawise leaped the chasm deftly by declaring it an improper question.
To define equality that which is contrary to inequality, is improper.
I began to think the ogre had forbidden so improper a proceeding.
Complex and improper fractions and recurring decimals are not allowed.
mid-15c., "not true," from French impropre (14c.), from Latin improprius, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + proprius (see proper). Meaning "not suited, unfit" is from 1560s; that of "not in accordance with good manners, modesty, decency" is from 1739. Related: Improperly (late 14c.).