1. Not proper; not suitable; not fitted to the circumstances, design, or end; unfit; not becoming; incongruous; inappropriate; indecent; as, an improper medicine; improper thought, behavior, language, dress. "Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service, Improper for a slave." (Shak) "And to their proper operation still, Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill." (Pope)

2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general; common. "Not to be adorned with any art but such improper ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and poetry." (J. Fletcher)

3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous. Improper diphthong. See Diphthong. Improper feud, an originalfeud, not earned by military service. Mozley & W. Improper fraction. See Fraction.

Origin: F. Impropre, L. Improprius; pref. Im- not + proprius proper. See Proper.

(01 Mar 1998)

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