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See definition of improper on Dictionary.com
  • adj.not suitable
  • adj.vulgar, immoral

synonyms for improper

  • awkward
  • erroneous
  • false
  • ill-advised
  • imprudent
  • inaccurate
  • inadmissible
  • inappropriate
  • incorrect
  • irregular
  • unwarranted
  • wrong
  • abnormal
  • at odds
  • bad form
  • discordant
  • discrepant
  • ill-timed
  • inadvisable
  • inapplicable
  • inapposite
  • inapt
  • incongruous
  • inexpedient
  • infelicitous
  • inharmonious
  • inopportune
  • ludicrous
  • malapropos
  • odd
  • off-base
  • out-of-place
  • out-of-season
  • preposterous
  • unapt
  • unbefitting
  • uncalled-for
  • uncomely
  • undue
  • unfit
  • unfitting
  • unseasonable
  • unsuitable
  • unsuited
  • untimely
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antonyms for improper

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  • OK
  • acceptable
  • accurate
  • appropriate
  • correct
  • honest
  • reasonable
  • right
  • suitable
  • true
  • valid
  • wise
  • decent
  • fitting
  • formal
  • good
  • moral
  • proper
  • uncorrupt
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How to use improper in a sentence

Nothing could be alleged as illegal or improper or unethical.
JACK PALLADINO, AGGRESSIVE SLEUTH WHO WORKED FOR BILL CLINTON CAMPAIGN, DIES AT 76HARRISON SMITHFEBRUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
McSweeney argues the action was improper because it amounts to “special legislation” — meaning a law targeting one specific case, which is unconstitutional, instead of setting out broad policy.
RESIDENTS ASK HIGH COURT TO BLOCK REMOVAL OF RICHMOND’S ROBERT E. LEE STATUE AS VIRGINIA PREPARES TO ACTGREGORY S. SCHNEIDERJANUARY 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Later, he was busted from sergeant to private for “improper dancing” with the daughter of a Spanish instructor, according to author Jean Edward Smith in “Eisenhower in War and Peace” — although that speaks more to judgment than ability.
NOT ALL PRESIDENTS’ DANCE SKILLS ARE CREATED EQUALBONNIE BERKOWITZ, JOANNE LEEJANUARY 21, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Those familiar with the disciplinary system say data at the time showed that punishment for internal infractions — such as an improper log book or refusal to follow an order — had often been more severe than for misconduct against civilians.
STILL CAN’T BREATHEBY TOPHER SANDERS, PROPUBLICA, AND YOAV GONEN, THE CITY, VIDEO BY LUCAS WALDRON, PROPUBLICAJANUARY 21, 2021PROPUBLICA
The group claims thousands of members who assert the right to defy government orders they deem improper.
SELF-STYLED MILITIA MEMBERS PLANNED ON STORMING THE U.S. CAPITOL DAYS IN ADVANCE OF JAN. 6 ATTACK, COURT DOCUMENTS SAYSPENCER HSU, TOM JACKMAN, DEVLIN BARRETTJANUARY 20, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Franklin learned that, during the investigation, former colleagues had attempted to blame him for improper recruiting.
A COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH’S SEASON AT WAR WITH THE CORONAVIRUS — AND HIS OWN SCHOOLKENT BABBJANUARY 19, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Bill Brooks, a logistics expert with the consulting firm Capgemini, worries that hackers could try to modify shipping records to show that the vaccine was exposed to improper temperatures.
HOW HACKERS COULD UNDERMINE A SUCCESSFUL VACCINE ROLLOUTDZANEMORRISDECEMBER 18, 2020FORTUNE
Paxton and his peers also faulted Google for failing to protect the privacy of millions of Web users and engaging in allegedly improper dealings with one of its chief rivals, Facebook.
TEXAS LEADS REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN NEW ANTITRUST LAWSUIT AGAINST GOOGLE, TARGETING ITS ADVERTISING EMPIRETONY ROMMDECEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
The inspector general “established a strawman in which any discussion or scrutiny of public and high-profile allegations against the department, or a general desire to know the truth are somehow improper,” Wilkie wrote.
WATCHDOG FINDS VA SECRETARY ROBERT WILKIE QUESTIONED THE CREDIBILITY OF A HOUSE AIDE WHO REPORTED A SEXUAL ASSAULT AT HOSPITALLISA REINDECEMBER 11, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Investigators also did not find logs of any improper attempts to view the veteran’s service records but said they couldn’t rule out other methods of accessing the files, they said.
VA SECRETARY FOCUSED ON SMEARING WOMAN WHO SAID SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN A VA HOSPITAL, PROBE FINDSBY ISAAC ARNSDORFDECEMBER 10, 2020PROPUBLICA
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