improper

  • 1 improper — im·prop·er adj: not proper: as a: not in accord with correct procedure an improper venue b: wrongful; specif: in violation of a constitution the denial of trial by jury was held improper im·prop·er·ly adv …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Improper — Im*prop er, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im not + proprius proper. See {Proper}.] 1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 improper — UK US /ɪmˈprɒpər/ adjective LAW ► dishonest, and not allowed by a rule or by law: »The cropland may have been polluted because of improper use of pesticides and fertilizers. » improper accounting/payments/trading »improper… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 improper — [im präp′ər] adj. [OFr impropre < L improprius: see IN 2 & PROPER] 1. not suitable for or consistent with the purpose or circumstances; poorly adapted; unfit 2. not in accordance with the truth, fact, or rule; wrong; incorrect 3. contrary to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Improper — Im*prop er, v. t. To appropriate; to limit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He would in like manner improper and inclose the sunbeams to comfort the rich and not the poor. Jewel. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 improper — [adj1] not suitable abnormal, at odds, awkward, bad form, discordant, discrepant, erroneous, false, ill advised, ill timed, imprudent, inaccurate, inadmissible, inadvisable, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, incorrect,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 improper — (adj.) mid 15c., not true, from Fr. impropre (14c.), from L. improprius, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + proprius (see PROPER (Cf. proper)). Meaning not suited, unfit is from 1560s; that of not in accordance… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 improper — 1 inappropriate, unfitting, unsuitable, *unfit, inapt, unhappy, infelicitous Analogous words: wrong, *bad, poor: *amiss, astray: incongruous, inconsonant Antonyms: proper Contrasted words: right, *good: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 improper — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not conforming with accepted standards of behaviour. 2) unseemly or indecent. DERIVATIVES improperly adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Improper — ;In mathematics *Improper rotation *Improper integral *Improper fraction *Improper prior *Improper distribution *Improper point *Improper limits;Other *Improper English *Improper motion *Improper nounee also* Proper …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 improper — improperly, adv. improperness, n. /im prop euhr/, adj. 1. not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, correct, etc.; erroneous: He drew improper conclusions from the scant evidence. 2. not in accordance with propriety of behavior, manners,… …

    Universalium

  • 12 improper — im•prop•er [[t]ɪmˈprɒp ər[/t]] adj. 1) not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, or correct: drew improper conclusions[/ex] 2) not in accordance with propriety or regulations: improper conduct[/ex] 3) abnormal; irregular • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 improper — im|prop|er [ımˈprɔpə US ˈpra:pər] adj 1.) dishonest, illegal, or morally wrong it is improper (for sb) to do sth ▪ He realised that it was improper for a police officer to accept gifts. improper behaviour/conduct/dealings etc ▪ allegations of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 improper — [[t]ɪ̱mprɒ̱pə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ Improper activities are illegal or dishonest. [FORMAL] 25 officers were investigated following allegations of improper conduct during the murder inquiry... Mr Matthews maintained that he had done nothing improper. Syn …

    English dictionary

  • 15 improper — adj. 1) improper for 2) improper to + inf. (it was improper to do that) * * * [ɪm prɒpə] improper for improper to + inf. (it was improper to do that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 improper —    involving promiscuity    Literally, lacking propriety in any respect. The obsolete improper house was a brothel:     Neither are the magistracy or the police allowed to enter improper or disorderly houses, unless to suppress disturbances.… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 17 improper — adjective 1 unacceptable according to the normal standards of moral, social, or professional behaviour: It is quite improper for you to have an affair with one of your students. | an improper suggestion (=about sex) 2 illegal or dishonest:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 improper — adjective 1) it is improper for policemen to accept gifts Syn: in, unacceptable, unsuitable, unprofessional, irregular; unethical, corrupt, immoral, dishonest, dishonorable Ant: appropriate, acceptable 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 improper — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French impropre, from Latin improprius, from in + proprius proper Date: 15th century not proper: as a. not in accord with fact, truth, or right procedure ; incorrect < improper inference > b. not… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 improper — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ consider sth, regard sth as, think sth (esp. BrE) ▪ places where it is considered improper for men and women to kiss in public ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary


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