be, seem
make sth

The size of the machines makes them inappropriate for domestic use.

consider sth, feel sth, judge sth, regard sth as, see sth as, think sth

It was felt inappropriate by some that such a serious occasion should include dancing.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
highly, particularly, singularly (esp. BrE), wildly

This treatment was highly inappropriate in her case.

completely, entirely, quite (esp. BrE), totally, utterly (esp. BrE), wholly (esp. BrE)
culturally, sexually, socially

Your bright red coat would be quite inappropriate for a funeral.


The existing library is totally inappropriate to our needs.

Inappropriate is used with these nouns: ↑behaviour, ↑conduct, ↑remark, ↑response, ↑use

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • inappropriate — I adjective alien, amiss, clashing, disagreeing, discordant, discrepant, disproportionate, dissonant, divergent, forced, gratuitous, impertinent, impolitic, improper, in bad taste, inadmissible, inapplicable, inapposite, inapt, incompatible,… …   Law dictionary

  • inappropriate — (adj.) 1804, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + APPROPRIATE (Cf. appropriate) (adj.). Related: Inappropriately; inappropriateness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • inappropriate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not suitable or appropriate. DERIVATIVES inappropriately adverb inappropriateness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • inappropriate — adj. 1) inappropriate for, to (inappropriate to the occasion) 2) inappropriate to + inf. (it is inappropriate for you to wear shorts at a formal reception) 3) inappropriate that + clause; subj. (it is inappropriate that he be/should be present) * …   Combinatory dictionary

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