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Word: impropriety

Definition: improperness; unsuitableness


Sentences Containing 'impropriety'

She was now struck with the impropriety of such communications to a stranger, and wondered it had escaped her before.
Elizabeth, however, had never been blind to the impropriety of her father's behavior as a husband.
The first question which I am tempted to put to the proprietor of such great impropriety is, Who bolsters you?
The necessity of these temporary statutes sufficiently demonstrates the impropriety of this general one.
The temporary laws, prohibiting, for a limited time, the exportation of corn, and taking off, for a limited time, the duties upon its importation, expedients to which Great Britain has been obliged so frequently to have recourse, sufficiently demonstrate the impropriety of her general system.
Those several prices seem all of them a good deal too low; and there seems to be an impropriety, besides, in prohibiting exportation altogether at those precise prices at which that bounty, which was given in order to force it, is withdrawn.
The following observations may serve to shew the impropriety of this representation:-- First, this class, it is acknowledged, reproduces annually the value of its own annual consmnption, and continues, at least, the existence of the stock or capital which maintains and employs it.
There is no impropriety, therefore, in its being defrayed by the general contribution of the whole society.
When Mrs. Micawber has her sea-legs on--an expression in which I hope there is no conventional impropriety--she will give them, I dare say, "Little Tafflin".

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