- the quality or condition of being improper; incorrectness.
- inappropriateness; unsuitableness.
- unseemliness; indecorousness.
- an erroneous or unsuitable expression, act, etc.
- an improper use of a word or phrase.
Origin of impropriety
Examples from the Web for impropriety
In these two cases, something other than ideology was, at least ostensibly, at stake—qualifications or some kind of impropriety.The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis
July 22, 2014
At some funds, the mere suggestion of impropriety can prove fatal, as investors flee.The Insider-Trading Cloud Hanging Over SAC Capital’s Steven A. Cohen
November 27, 2012
John Barry on the lonely life of the general—and the early hints of impropriety.Early Signs of General Petraeus’s Extramarital Affair
November 11, 2012
So far Mitt Romney has run a careful, disciplined campaign that has avoided the slightest whiff of impropriety.Romney Accepts Maximum Campaign Donation From Man Whose Company Owns Penthouse
February 11, 2012
Hoover preached that even the appearance of impropriety must be avoided.Hoover’s Secret Files
August 2, 2011
It was not a wise thing to do, but her anger prevented her from seeing its impropriety.Weighed and Wanting
The impropriety of the whole proceeding had only struck her as she opened the door.His Masterpiece
Madame, you see, despaired by now of controlling the impropriety of her niece's expressions.Scaramouche
I think there is now no impropriety in stating that it is to her that the poem "Memories" refers.Whittier-land
Samuel T. Pickard
There was, then, an impropriety in my living at Aix as I did?Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
- an improper act or use
- the state of being improper
Word Origin and History for impropriety
1610s, "quality or fact of being improper," from French impropriété (16c.), from Latin improprietas, from improprius (see improper). As "improper thing," 1670s.