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PROPER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does proper mean? 

PROPER (adjective)
  The adjective PROPER has 4 senses:

1. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
2. limited to the thing specified
3. appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
4. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

  Familiarity information: PROPER used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROPER (adjective)


Sense 1proper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

Context examples:

proper medical treatment / proper manners

Similar:

priggish; prim; prissy; prudish; puritanical; square-toed; straight-laced; straightlaced; strait-laced; straitlaced; tight-laced; victorian (exaggeratedly proper)

kosher; halal (proper or legitimate)

fitting (in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion)

correct; right (in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure)

correct; right (socially right or correct)

becoming; comely; comme il faut; decent; decorous; seemly (according with custom or propriety)

Also:

decorous (characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct)

decent (conforming to conventions of sexual behavior)

correct; right (free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth)

appropriate (suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc)

right (in conformance with justice or law or morality)

Attribute:

correctitude; properness; propriety (correct or appropriate behavior)

Antonym:

improper (not suitable or right or appropriate)


Sense 2proper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Limited to the thing specified

Context examples:

the city proper / his claim is connected with the deed proper

Similar:

specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)


Sense 3proper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

Synonyms:

suitable; proper; suited; right

Context examples:

everything in its proper place / the right man for the job / she is not suitable for the position / he is not a suitable husband for her

Similar:

appropriate (suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc)


Sense 4proper [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

Context examples:

wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack / he finally has a proper job

Similar:

real (no less than what is stated; worthy of the name)


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