Synonyms for improperly

Grammar : Adv
Spell : im-prop-er
Phonetic Transcription : ɪmˈprɒp ər

Définition of improperly

Origin :
  • mid-15c., "not true," from French impropre (14c.), from Latin improprius, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + proprius (see proper). Meaning "not suited, unfit" is from 1560s; that of "not in accordance with good manners, modesty, decency" is from 1739. Related: Improperly (late 14c.).
  • adv poorly
Example sentences :
  • "By their improperly intelligent expression," returned Phil.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The first of these words is often improperly used for the second.
  • Extract from : « The Verbalist » by Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • That is all-powerful, but I will not employ it unseasonably or improperly.
  • Extract from : « Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry » by Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
  • There is likewise a small-sized partridge, which is improperly called the quail.
  • Extract from : « The Western World » by W.H.G. Kingston
  • I think Renée behaved most improperly this evening; that's all.
  • Extract from : « Rene Mauperin » by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • Capt. G. And since when have I been treating you improperly?
  • Extract from : « The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition » by Rudyard Kipling
  • On the other hand, it is clear that a poem may be improperly brief.
  • Extract from : « The Works of Edgar Allan Poe » by Edgar Allan Poe
  • These combinations are, not improperly, ranked among the prepositions.
  • Extract from : « Elements of Gaelic Grammar » by Alexander Stewart
  • The Preposition iar has here been improperly confounded with air on.
  • Extract from : « Elements of Gaelic Grammar » by Alexander Stewart
  • One reason that onions are so unpopular is that so often they are improperly cooked.
  • Extract from : « The Khaki Kook Book » by Mary Kennedy Core

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