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

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

Synonyms for inappropriate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inappropriateness

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



not fitting or appropriate; unsuitable or untimely
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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