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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 inappropriateness

indecency, vulgarity, incongruity, indecorum, slip, impudence, goof, incorrectness, solecism, vulgarism, rudeness, gaffe, barbarism, blunder, gaucherie, inelegance, immodesty

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Historical Examples of inappropriateness

  • No arguments can be drawn from the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the characters of Plato.



  • She had seen from the first the inappropriateness, the impossibility, of the whole proposition.


    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


  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



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

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