inappropriate

[ in-uh-proh-pree-it ]
/ ˌɪn əˈproʊ pri ɪt /

adjective

not appropriate; not proper or suitable: an inappropriate dress for the occasion.

Nearby words

  1. inappreciable,
  2. inappreciative,
  3. inapprehension,
  4. inapprehensive,
  5. inapproachable,
  6. inapt,
  7. inaptitude,
  8. inaptly,
  9. inarch,
  10. inarguable

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inappropriate

inappropriate

/ (ˌɪnəˈprəʊprɪɪt) /

adjective

not fitting or appropriate; unsuitable or untimely
Derived Formsinappropriately, adverbinappropriateness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inappropriate

inappropriate

adj.

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

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