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Definition 1: marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where proper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • proper medical treatment
  • proper manners

(proper is similar to ...) socially right or correct

"it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye" "correct behavior"

(proper is similar to ...) exaggeratedly proper

"my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"

(proper is similar to ...) proper or legitimate

(proper is similar to ...) proper or legitimate

"the fund earns halal profits in full compliance with the Shari'a"

(proper is similar to ...) in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion

"a decent burial" "We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this"

(proper is similar to ...) 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" "seemly behavior"

(proper is similar to ...) in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

"what's the right word for this?" "the right way to open oysters"

(means also ...) in conformance with justice or law or morality

"do the right thing and confess"

(means also ...) characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

"the tete-a-tete was decorous in the extreme"

(means also ...) conforming to conventions of sexual behavior

"speech in this circle, if not always decent, never became lewd"

(means also ...) free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

"the correct answer" "the correct version" "the right answer" "took the right road" "the right decision"

(means also ...) suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

"a book not appropriate for children" "a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity" "it seems that an apology is appropriate"

(... are attributes of proper) correct or appropriate behavior

Definition 2: appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where proper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • everything in its proper place
  • the right man for the job
  • she is not suitable for the position

Synonyms for proper in the sense of this definition

(proper is similar to ...) suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

"a book not appropriate for children" "a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity" "it seems that an apology is appropriate"

Definition 3: having all the qualities typical of the thing specified - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where proper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack
  • he finally has a proper job

(proper is similar to ...) no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

"the real reason" "real war" "a real friend" "a real woman" "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal" "it's time he had a real job" "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

Definition 4: limited to the thing specified - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where proper or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(proper is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

"rules with specific application" "demands specific to the job" "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

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