[ im-pruh-prahy-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪm prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural im·pro·pri·e·ties for 4, 5.

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

From the Late Latin word improprietās, dating back to 1605–15. See im-2, propriety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impropriety


/ (ˌɪmprəˈpraɪɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of propriety; indecency; indecorum
an improper act or use
the state of being improper
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