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 for improper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Improper \Im*prop"er\, v. t.
     To appropriate; to limit. [Obs.]
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           He would in like manner improper and inclose the
           sunbeams to comfort the rich and not the poor. --Jewel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Improper \Im*prop"er\, a. [F. impropre, L. improprius; pref. im-
     not + proprius proper. See Proper.]
     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.
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              Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service,
              Improper for a slave.                 --Shak.
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              And to their proper operation still,
              Ascribe all Good; to their improper, Ill. --Pope.
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     2. Not peculiar or appropriate to individuals; general;
        common. [Obs.]
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              Not to be adorned with any art but such improper
              ones as nature is said to bestow, as singing and
              poetry.                               --J. Fletcher.
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     3. Not according to facts; inaccurate; erroneous.
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     Improper diphthong. See under Diphthong.
     Improper feud, an original feud, not earned by military
        service. --Mozley & W.
     Improper fraction. See under Fraction.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  257 Moby Thesaurus words for "improper":
     Doric, aberrant, abnormal, abominable, amiss, arrant, atrocious,
     bad, barbaric, barbarous, base, black, blamable, blameworthy,
     blooper, boner, boo-boo, break, cacophonous, careless, chintzy,
     clumsy, coarse, corrupt, corruption, criminal, crude, damnable,
     dark, delinquent, deviant, disgraceful, disorderly, disruptive,
     doggerel, dysphemistic, erroneous, evil, excessive, execrable,
     false, faulty, faux pas, flagitious, flagrant, foul, fresh, futile,
     gaffe, gauche, graceless, gross, hardly the thing, harsh, heinous,
     ignominious, ill, ill-adapted, ill-advised, ill-assorted,
     ill-chosen, ill-considered, ill-fitted, ill-matched, ill-seasoned,
     ill-sorted, ill-suited, ill-timed, illegal, immodest, immoral,
     impertinent, impolite, impolitic, imprecise, impropriety, impure,
     in bad taste, inaccurate, inadmissibility, inadmissible,
     inadvisable, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt,
     inauspicious, incompatible, inconcinnate, inconcinnous,
     incongruous, inconvenient, incorrect, incorrectness, indecent,
     indecorous, indecorousness, indecorum, indelicate, indiscreet,
     inelegance, inelegant, inept, inexact, inexpedient, infamous,
     infelicitous, inferior, informal, iniquitous, inopportune,
     intempestive, intrusive, invalid, irregular, irrelevant, knavish,
     lascivious, late, lewd, loose, low, mal a propos, maladjusted,
     malapropos, malevolent, malodorous, misbehaving, misjoined,
     mismatched, mismated, misplaced, mistaken, mistimed, monstrous,
     naughty, nefarious, not done, not respectable, not the thing,
     objectionableness, obscene, off base, off color, off-base,
     off-color, offensive, out of character, out of joint,
     out of keeping, out of line, out of phase, out of place,
     out of proportion, out of season, out of time, out of tune,
     out-of-line, outlandish, peccant, premature, rank, reprehensible,
     reprobate, risque, rough, rowdy, rowdyish, rude, ruffianly,
     sacrilegious, sassy, scandalous, shameful, shameless, sinful,
     sinister, slipshod, slovenly, solecism, solecistic, suggestive,
     tactless, tasteless, terrible, too late, too soon,
     unacceptableness, unadapted, unapt, unbecoming, unbecomingness,
     unbefitting, unbehaving, unbeseeming, uncalled-for, unceremonious,
     uncomely, unconventional, uncourtly, uncouth, undecorous,
     undesirable, undignified, undue, uneuphonious, unfavorable,
     unfelicitous, unfit, unfitted, unfitting, unforgivable,
     unfortunate, ungenteel, ungodly, ungraceful, ungrammatic, unhandy,
     unhappy, unhealthy, unkind, unlawful, unlucky, unmeet, unmeetness,
     unpardonable, unpleasant, unpolished, unprofitable, unpropitious,
     unqualified, unready, unrefined, unrighteous, unripe, unseasonable,
     unseemliness, unseemly, unskillful, unspeakable, unsuitable,
     unsuited, untasteful, untimely, untoward, untrue, unwise, unworthy,
     vernacularism, vicious, vile, villainous, vulgar, vulgarism,
     wicked, wrong, wrongful

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