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improbe means no more than ‘unreasonable,’ ‘unconscionable,’ and is frequently applied to one who hoards, wastes or, as here, asks for what he can himself make no use of, or who desires what he cannot fairly expect to have. Cf. Hor. Sat.II. ii. 104, G. I. 119, Lucr.iii. 1026, where see respectively Conington and Munro. Orelli quotes from Silius I. 58, “improba virtus” as an imitation of Virgil's labor inprobus.

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