Adjective "improper" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not in accordance with accepted standards, especially of morality or honesty.
  1. 'it was considered improper to leave one's house on Christmas Day'
  2. 'The major cause of such outbreaks is due to improper disposal of waste.'
  3. 'Many acts may look improper and unethical, yet there may have been a good reason for them.'
  4. 'I have broken no law, and I am confident that the inquiry will find no improper behaviour on my part.'
  5. 'Another claim involved an alleged attempt at improper influence in the form of a valuable stamp collection.'
  6. 'Both incorrectly found nothing improper in the Police search of my house.'
  7. 'Lukacs writes in an informal style, but his academic standards are high, and he is very severe on lack of evidence or improper use of sources.'
  8. 'The fall in stock market values is attributed mainly to concerns about improper accounting standards.'
  9. 'In most cases it is probably down to faulty contraceptives (or more often improper use of the same).'
  10. 'If you did nothing improper you should not be concerned about answering these questions.'
  11. 'The letter contained serious allegations of criminal and other improper behaviour.'
  12. 'It seemed that the whole village had been informed of her improper behaviour.'
  13. 'She had spoken without being asked a question, which was improper and impolite.'
  14. 'Stop that improper use of language right now and follow me into my office please!'
  15. 'Perhaps we should go elsewhere, lest our being here together be seen as improper.'
  16. 'He touched himself in public without thought as to how improper it may be to others.'
  17. 'Our children unfortunately are not generally made aware that behaving rudely is improper.'


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, etc.: improper conduct at a funeral.

3. unsuitable or inappropriate, as for the purpose or occasion: improper attire for a formal dance.

4. abnormal or irregular: improper functioning of the speech mechanism.

More examples(as adjective)

"conducts can be improper."

"uses can be improper."

"raisings can be improper."

"compensations can be improper."

"loans can be improper."

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Late Middle English: from French impropre or Latin improprius, from in- ‘not’ + proprius ‘one's own, proper’.