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definitions - proper

proper (adj.)

1.being of striking appropriateness and pertinence"the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images" "an apt reply"

2.being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something"her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert" - G.K.Chesterton"a genuine dilemma"

3.appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs"everything in its proper place" "the right man for the job" "she is not suitable for the position"

4.limited to the thing specified"the city proper" "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

5.marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness"proper medical treatment" "proper manners"

6.having all the qualities typical of the thing specified"wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack" "he finally has a proper job"

7.well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force"a valid inference" "a valid argument" "a valid contract"

8.thorough"a sound thrashing"

9.according with custom or propriety"her becoming modesty" "comely behavior" "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money" "a decent burial" "seemly behavior"

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ProperProp"er (?), a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. “His proper good” [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. “My proper son.” Shak.

Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
Betwixt true valor and an empty boast.

2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.

Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which constitute our proper humanity. Coleridge.

3. Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.

The proper study of mankind is man. Pope.

In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,
All proper to the spring, and sprightly May.

4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. [Archaic] “Thou art a proper man.” Chaucer.

Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child. Heb. xi. 23.

5. Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.

6. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.

7. (Her.) Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.

In proper, individually; privately. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor. -- Proper flower or Proper corolla (Bot.), one of the single florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower. -- Proper fraction (Arith.) a fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator. -- Proper nectary (Bot.), a nectary separate from the petals and other parts of the flower. -- Proper noun (Gram.), a name belonging to an individual, by which it is distinguished from others of the same class; -- opposed to common noun; as, John, Boston, America. -- Proper perianth or Proper involucre (Bot.), that which incloses only a single flower. -- Proper receptacle (Bot.), a receptacle which supports only a single flower or fructification.

ProperProp"er, adv. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good. [Colloq & Vulgar]

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proper (adj.)


proper (adj.)




Proper may refer to:

  • Proper (liturgy), the part of a Christian liturgy that is specific to the date within the Liturgical Year
  • Proper frame, such system of reference in which object is stationary (non moving), sometimes also called a co-moving frame
  • Proper, in heraldry, means depicted in natural colors
  • Proper or appropriate conduct
  • Proper (often capitalized PROPER), a corrected release in response to a previously released online video or movie that contains transcoding or other playback errors.

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