in|ap|pro|pri|ate [ ,ınə`proupriət ] adjective **
not appropriate in a particular situation:
inappropriate use of medication
inappropriate for: Clearly the punishment is inappropriate for the crime.
inappropriate to: marketing techniques that are totally inappropriate to education
it is inappropriate to do something: It is perhaps inappropriate to talk of rights in this context.
a. used about behavior that you think is wrong because it is morally wrong or against acceptable social or professional standards:
He denies that they had any kind of inappropriate relationship.
it is inappropriate for someone to do something: They admitted that it had been inappropriate for him to comment on the matter.
╾ in|ap|pro|pri|ate|ly adverb

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • inappropriate — (adj.) 1804, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + APPROPRIATE (Cf. appropriate) (adj.). Related: Inappropriately; inappropriateness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • inappropriate — adj. 1) inappropriate for, to (inappropriate to the occasion) 2) inappropriate to + inf. (it is inappropriate for you to wear shorts at a formal reception) 3) inappropriate that + clause; subj. (it is inappropriate that he be/should be present) * …   Combinatory dictionary

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