Usage examples for improperly

  1. Her gross negligence in allowing Sybil to be improperly exposed to such a risk weighed heavily on her mind. – Democracy An American Novel by Henry Adams
  2. They commenced talking about him, and appeared to be improperly familiar. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  3. It was crowded with people, as such places always are when prisoners are to be tried; and as I had met at dinner most of the magistrates on the Bench, I did not much like the idea of making my first public appearance before them as a friend of the gentleman in the dock, who had improperly appropriated the goods of his employer. – The Bushman Life in a New Country by Edward Wilson Landor
  4. France had often been improperly stimulated by her ambition; and he had no doubt but that, in the present instance, she would readily follow its honourable dictates. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  5. He said " improperly" because whatever their origin, whether Ruthenian, Swede, French, German, or whatever their race might be, here they were simply Canadians with all the rights of Canadian citizenship assured to them. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  6. I think I don't speak improperly when I call you a lover of poetry; for it is very well known she has been a very kind mistress to you: she has not denied you the last favour, and she has been fruitful to you in a most beautiful issue. – The Double-Dealer by William Congreve
  7. The Crown of Ireland had been most improperly described in public instruments as an imperial Crown. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  8. My dear: I'm afraid I spoke very improperly of your mother this afternoon. – You-Never-Can-Tell by Shaw, Bernard
  9. If left alone or improperly trained, a child is almost certain to revert to a lower type of individual. – Parent and Child Vol. III., Child Study and Training by Mosiah Hall
  10. But is it not improperly using a term of implied reproach? – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  11. But of my Lords, the Confederates, I have never spoken improperly. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  12. If this does not soon succeed, good advice must be procured without delay, as an accident of this kind neglected, or improperly treated, may be the occasion of losing a limb. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  13. Then presently Alda came, and whispered to her that Wilmet could not leave Mamma; and presently after, Lady Price bustled in with her daughter, looked severely at Alda under the impression that she was Wilmet very improperly tricked out, and pressed Fernando's hand before going on to her own place. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. He caught cold during this experiment and, being improperly cared for, soon died. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  15. It may be that Mother Anastasia has not fully done her duty in this case, or it may be that she has done too much, and other people may have acted improperly and without due thought and caution; but be this as it may, it is plain enough to see that your poor heart has been dreadfully wrung. – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  16. Also A perfect Description of an Indian Squa in all her Bravery; with a Poem not improperly Conferr'd upon her. – The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  17. No one can fail to understand, and yet that sense of modesty native to both man and woman is not improperly disturbed, even though the recital be shocking. – Quiet Talks about Jesus by S. D. Gordon
  18. " No man," he said, " shall convince me that I am improperly governed, while I feel the contrary." – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell