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[in-uh-proh-pree-it] /ˌɪn əˈproʊ pri ɪt/
not appropriate; not proper or suitable:
an inappropriate dress for the occasion.
Origin of inappropriate
First recorded in 1795-1805; in-3 + appropriate
Related forms
inappropriately, adverb
inappropriateness, noun
improper, unsuitable, inapt, unfitting. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inappropriateness
Historical Examples
  • No arguments can be drawn from the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the characters of Plato.

    Phaedrus Plato
  • She had seen from the first the inappropriateness, the impossibility, of the whole proposition.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • (The gloss is silent on the inappropriateness of the simile).

  • For the inappropriateness of 'reproduction' and of 'imagination' see pp. 239-41.

    Kant's Theory of Knowledge

    Harold Arthur Prichard
  • While Mrs. Stott recognized its inappropriateness, she had decided to give it a final wear and save a fresh gown.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • The reader will note the inappropriateness of congratulating the daughters of that home on their not wanting a job.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • Then I had a letter from one of my Leeds readers the other day to expostulate about the inappropriateness of certain of them!

  • Fitzgerald gave his gifts to an orphanage, with a fine disregard of their inappropriateness.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • It should be noted, however, that inappropriateness of affect is never observed in a true benign stupor.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • The inappropriateness of the allusion was no doubt the reason why Pope omitted the couplet.

British Dictionary definitions for inappropriateness


not fitting or appropriate; unsuitable or untimely
Derived Forms
inappropriately, adverb
inappropriateness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inappropriateness



1804, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + appropriate (adj.). Related: Inappropriately; inappropriateness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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