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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·prop·er /(ˌ)ɪmˈprɑpɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·prop·er a.
 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. [Obs.]
    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 under Diphthong.
 Improper feud, an original feud, not earned by military service. --Mozley & W.
 Improper fraction. See under Fraction.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·prop·er, v. t. To appropriate; to limit. [Obs.]
    He would in like manner improper and inclose the sunbeams to comfort the rich and not the poor.   --Jewel.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to
             dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"
             [ant: proper]
      2: not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention;
         "an unconventional marriage"; "improper banking practices"
         [syn: unconventional, unlawful]
      3: not appropriate for a purpose or occasion; "unsuitable
         attire for the office"; "said all the wrong things" [syn:
         unsuitable, wrong]