Improper and Proper


Improper adjective - Not appropriate for a particular occasion or situation.
Usage example: an improper use of slang in a formal piece of writing

Proper is an antonym for improper in topics: indecent, not suitable.

Nearby Word: improperly


Proper adjective - Following the established traditions of refined society and good taste.
Usage example: the formal ball called for proper attire—tuxedos and full-length gowns only

Improper is an antonym for proper in topics: correct, individual, suitable, mannerly, conventional.

Nearby Words: property, properly

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / Reamde Nearly every time a gun is mentioned, we hear about whether the character is using proper or improper gun handling techniques.
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety Many of the POV characters have gun handling experience, so whenever someone handles a gun in the story, which is often, we hear about whether they're using proper or improper gun safety.
  • Chizuru has differing versions of her main attacks, which can serve very well for proper/improper reactions via sending out afterimages of herself (sadly, due to the nature of her moves she can easily have her copies get hit and take damage regardless).
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