inappropriate

The word "appropriate" means correct or proper and since the little prefix "in" turns its meaning around, something inappropriate is considered not proper or suitable.

Nowadays, it seems, anything goes. Yet good manners and standards prevail, and some things are simply inappropriate — such as taking a toddler to a violent movie, or making jokes at someone else's expense. You wouldn't show your future father-in-law naked pictures of his daughter or wear a bathing suit to a state dinner. Those actions are simply inappropriate.

Definitions of inappropriate
  1. adjective
    not suitable for a particular occasion etc
    “noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness”
    inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach”
    “put inappropriate pressure on them”
    Synonyms:
    unbefitting
    not befitting
    improper, wrong
    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
    malapropos
    of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
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    Antonyms:
    appropriate
    suitable for a particular person, place, condition, etc.
    befitting
    appropriate to
    grade-appropriate
    the quality of ability and work that is appropriate for students in a specified grade
    pat
    exactly suited to the occasion
    proper, right
    appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
    apropos
    of an appropriate or pertinent nature
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
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  2. adjective
    not in keeping with what is correct or proper
    “completely inappropriate behavior”
    synonyms: incompatible, out of keeping, unfitting
    incongruous
    lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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