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  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

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Related Words for inappropriately

inadequately, clumsily, inappropriately, improperly, erroneously, awkwardly, badly, unnaturally, afield, incorrectly, mistakenly, unfavorably, afoul, erringly

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British Dictionary definitions for inappropriately


  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 inappropriately



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

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