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Improper synonyms

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Not in accord with accepted standards of decency or morality.
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  1. Not in accord with accepted standards of decency or morality.
  2. Not seemly; not decent or proper; unbecoming; indecorous
  3. Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate:
Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.
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  1. Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.
  2. Not appropriate or suited to one's appearance, status, character, etc.; unattractive, indecorous, etc.
  3. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
Performed, carried out, or done without the benefit of wise counsel or careful prior deliberation.
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  1. Performed, carried out, or done without the benefit of wise counsel or careful prior deliberation.
  2. Showing or resulting from a lack of sound advice or careful consideration; unwise
  1. Not compatible; mismatched
  2. Not wearing a suit.
  3. Not suited for a specific purpose
Not decorous; lacking decorum, propriety, good taste, etc.; unseemly
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  1. Not decorous; lacking decorum, propriety, good taste, etc.; unseemly
  2. Lacking propriety or decorum.
Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent:
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  1. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent:
  2. Lacking in harmony; incompatible:
  3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate:
So absurd or incongruous as to be laughable.
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  1. So absurd or incongruous as to be laughable.
  2. So absurd, ridiculous, or exaggerated as to cause or merit laughter
Not correct; erroneous or wrong:
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  1. Not correct; erroneous or wrong:
  2. Not correct
  3. Improper; inappropriate:
(Obs.) With the first last and the last first; inverted
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  1. (Obs.) With the first last and the last first; inverted
  2. So contrary to nature, reason, or common sense as to be laughable; absurd; ridiculous
Having no justification; groundless:
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  1. Having no justification; groundless:
  2. Not warranted; unjustified; being without warrant, authority, or guaranty; unwarrantable.
Not yet due or payable, as a debt
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  1. Not yet due or payable, as a debt
  2. Not appropriate or suitable; improper
  3. Exceeding what is appropriate or normal; excessive:
Unwise or indiscreet; not prudent.
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  1. Unwise or indiscreet; not prudent.
  2. Not prudent; without thought of the consequences; lacking in judgment or caution; rash; indiscreet
Not normal; not average; not typical; not usual; irregular, esp. to a considerable degree
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  1. Not normal; not average; not typical; not usual; irregular, esp. to a considerable degree
  2. Not typical, usual, or regular; not normal; deviant.
Contrary to rule, accepted order, or general practice:
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  1. Contrary to rule, accepted order, or general practice:
  2. Not straight or even; not symmetrical; not uniform in shape, design, or proportion
  3. (Grammar) Departing from the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation, as the present forms of the verb be or the plural noun children.
Not expedient; inadvisable:
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  1. Not expedient; inadvisable:
  2. Not expedient; not tending to promote a purpose; not tending to the end desired; inadvisable; unfit; improper; unsuitable to time and place; as, what is expedient at one time may be inexpedient at another.
  3. Not expedient; not suitable or practicable for a given situation; inadvisable, unwise, etc.
Not usual for or appropriate to the season
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  1. Not usual for or appropriate to the season
  2. Not suitable to or appropriate for the season.
  3. Coming, said, etc. at the wrong time; untimely; inopportune
Not recommended; unwise:
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  1. Not recommended; unwise:
  2. Not advisable; not wise or prudent
  3. Unwise; not recommended; not prudent; not to be advised
Occurring too soon; premature:
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  1. Occurring too soon; premature:
  2. Coming, said, done, etc. before the usual or expected time; premature
Not meant or adapted for a given purpose; inappropriate:
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  1. Not meant or adapted for a given purpose; inappropriate:
  2. Below the required standard; unqualified:
  3. (Biology) Unable to survive or produce viable offspring in a particular environment.
At an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate
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  1. At an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate
  1. Improper
  2. That is not fitting for its purpose
  3. Not suitable or appropriate
Unsuitable or improper.
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  1. Unsuitable or improper.
  2. Not appropriate; not suitable, fitting, or proper
Not quick or skillful, as in learning; dull
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  1. Not quick or skillful, as in learning; dull
  2. Not suitable or appropriate.
  3. Not apt, inappropriate, unsuited.
Not befitting; not appropriate to.
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Not favorable or fortunate; adverse, inauspicious, etc.
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  1. Not favorable or fortunate; adverse, inauspicious, etc.
  2. (Obs.) Awkward; clumsy
  3. Inappropriate, improper, unseemly, etc.
Not fitting or proper; unseemly.
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  1. Not fitting or proper; unseemly.
  2. (Old Poet.) Not meet, fit, or proper; unsuitable; unseemly
Coming or done at the wrong time; inopportune
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  1. Coming or done at the wrong time; inopportune
Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
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  1. Not easily managed or effected; embarrassing
  2. Difficult to effect; uncomfortable:
  3. Marked by or causing embarrassment or discomfort:
Not in harmony; discordant.
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  1. Not in harmony; discordant.
  2. Lacking accord or agreement
  3. Not harmonious; discordant, in conflict, etc.
  1. Harsh or dissonant sounding
  2. Disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant.
  3. (Geology) of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation
Marked by discrepancy; disagreeing.
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  1. Marked by discrepancy; disagreeing.
  2. Lacking agreement; differing; at variance; inconsistent
Not applicable:
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  1. Not applicable:
  2. Not applicable; not suitable; inappropriate
  3. Not applicable; incapable of being applied; not adapted; not suitable; as, the argument is inapplicable to the case.
Being in excess of the indicated or approximate number, extent, or degree. Often used in combination:
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  1. Being in excess of the indicated or approximate number, extent, or degree. Often used in combination:
  2. Not usual or ordinary; singular; peculiar; strange
  3. Small in amount:
Of speech, that it is crude and offensive, typically in a sexual manner. Of speech, that it is crude and offensive, typically in a sexual manner.
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  1. Of speech, that it is crude and offensive, typically in a sexual manner. Of speech, that it is crude and offensive, typically in a sexual manner.
  2. Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; lewd or vulgar:
  3. Not appropriate or becoming; unseemly:
Slightly at odds with established standards of propriety; somewhat improper, offensive, or coarse:
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  1. Slightly at odds with established standards of propriety; somewhat improper, offensive, or coarse:
  2. Not delicate; coarse; crude; rough; esp., lacking, or offensive to, propriety or modesty; gross
  3. Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.
Not conforming to traditional sexual mores; indecent:
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  1. Not conforming to traditional sexual mores; indecent:
  2. Lacking in modesty; shameless.
  3. Not decorous; indecent
Showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious
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  1. Showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious
  2. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.
  3. Obscene; indecent.
Showing lack of decorum; improper, indelicate, or obscene
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  1. Showing lack of decorum; improper, indelicate, or obscene
  2. Behaving disobediently or mischievously:
  3. Indecent; improper:
Conveying a hint or suggestion:
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  1. Conveying a hint or suggestion:
  2. That suggests or tends to suggest thoughts or ideas
  3. Tending to suggest something considered improper or indecent; risqué
Soiled with smut
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  1. Soiled with smut
  2. Affected with plant smut
  3. Pornographic or indecent
Not appropriate; not suitable, fitting, or proper
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  1. Not appropriate; not suitable, fitting, or proper
  2. Unsuitable or improper.
Inappropriate:
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  1. Inappropriate:
  2. Not apt; not suitable; inappropriate
  3. Unapt; not apt; unsuitable; inept.
Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent:
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  1. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent:
  2. Lacking in harmony; incompatible:
  3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate:
Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
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  1. Lacking or showing a lack of skill or competence; bungling or clumsy:
  2. Showing a lack of judgment, sense, or reason; inappropriate or foolish:
  3. Not suitable to the purpose; unfit
At an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate
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  1. At an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate
Not quick or skillful, as in learning; dull
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  1. Not quick or skillful, as in learning; dull
  2. Not suitable or appropriate.
  3. Not apt, inappropriate, unsuited.
Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.
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  1. Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.
  2. Not appropriate or suited to one's appearance, status, character, etc.; unattractive, indecorous, etc.
  3. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
Not befitting; not appropriate to.
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Not meant or adapted for a given purpose; inappropriate:
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  1. Not meant or adapted for a given purpose; inappropriate:
  2. Below the required standard; unqualified:
  3. (Biology) Unable to survive or produce viable offspring in a particular environment.
Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate:
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  1. Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate:
  2. Not seemly; not decent or proper; unbecoming; indecorous
  3. Not in accord with accepted standards of decency or morality.
Not appropriate:
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Not modest
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  1. Not modest
  2. Not conforming to traditional sexual mores; indecent:
  3. Not decorous; indecent
Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; lewd or vulgar:
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  1. Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; lewd or vulgar:
  2. Offensive to good taste
  3. Not appropriate or becoming; unseemly:
Lacking propriety or decorum.
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  1. Lacking propriety or decorum.
  2. Not decorous; lacking decorum, propriety, good taste, etc.; unseemly
  1. Improper or immodest.
  2. Not delicate; coarse; crude; rough; esp., lacking, or offensive to, propriety or modesty; gross
  3. Lacking in consideration for the feelings of others; tactless.
(Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
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  1. (Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
  2. Behaving disobediently or mischievously:
  3. Indecent; improper:
Not appropriate or suited to one's appearance, status, character, etc.; unattractive, indecorous, etc.
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  1. Not appropriate or suited to one's appearance, status, character, etc.; unattractive, indecorous, etc.
  2. Not appropriate, attractive, or flattering:
  3. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
Not befitting; not appropriate to.
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Unattractive; unsightly:
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  1. Unattractive; unsightly:
  2. Not seemly; not decent or proper; unbecoming; indecorous
  3. Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate:
Unfavorable or adverse:
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  1. Unfavorable or adverse:
  2. Unseemly, improper.
  3. Inappropriate, improper, unseemly, etc.

Synonym Study

  • Indecent is used of that which is regarded as highly offensive to morals or modesty indecent exposure
  • Indelicate implies a lack of propriety or tact and connotes immodesty or coarseness an indelicate anecdote
  • Indecorous refers to that which violates propriety or good taste in behavior, speech, etc. his indecorous interruption of their chat
  • Unbecoming applies to that which is inappropriate to a certain kind of person, his character, etc. his rigid views are most unbecoming in a teacher
  • Unseemly applies to that which is improper or inappropriate to the particular situation her unseemly laughter at the funeral
  • Improper , the word of broadest application in this list, refers to anything that is not proper or suitable, esp. to that which does not conform to conventional standards
Find another word for improper. In this page you can discover 72 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for improper, like: unseemly, unbecoming, at-odds, ill-advised, unsuited, indecorous, incongruous, out-of-place, ludicrous, incorrect and preposterous.