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inappropriate

[in-uh-proh-pree-it]
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adjective
  1. not appropriate; not proper or suitable: an inappropriate dress for the occasion.
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Origin of inappropriate

First recorded in 1795–1805; in-3 + appropriate
Related formsin·ap·pro·pri·ate·ly, adverbin·ap·pro·pri·ate·ness, noun

Synonyms

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improper, unsuitable, inapt, unfitting.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for inappropriateness

inappropriate

adjective
  1. not fitting or appropriate; unsuitable or untimely
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Derived Formsinappropriately, adverbinappropriateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inappropriateness

inappropriate

adj.

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

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