improper Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “improper” - English Dictionary

"improper" in American English

See all translations

improperadjective

us   /ɪmˈprɑp·ər/
  • improper adjective (DISHONEST)

being against a law or a rule; dishonest or illegal: The treasurer denied accepting any improper payments.
  • improper adjective (WRONG)

not suitable or correct for a particular use or situation: an improper choice of words
improperly
adverb us   /ɪmˈprɑp·ər·li/
If handled improperly, some chemicals used for cleaning can cause severe skin irritation.
(Definition of improper from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







(Definition of improper from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"improper" in Business English

See all translations

improperadjective

uk   /ɪmˈprɒpər/ us   LAW
dishonest, and not allowed by a rule or by law: The cropland may have been polluted because of improper use of pesticides and fertilizers. improper accounting/payments/trading improper activity/conduct/practices
improperly
adverb
The chief executive was cleared of acting improperly in selling the shares.
(Definition of improper from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of improper?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“improper” in Business English

More meanings of “improper”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More