marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
"proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
having all the qualities typical of the thing specified
"wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a proper job"
limited to the thing specified
"the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"
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"
properly; thoroughly; completely
Accurate, strictly applied.
Origin: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.
belonging to one; one's own; individual
belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites
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
becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome
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
rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper
represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge
properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good
Origin: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]
The Proper is a part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date, either representing an observance within the Liturgical Year, or of a particular saint or significant event. The term is used in contrast to the ordinary, which is that part of the liturgy that is reasonably constant, or at least selected without regard to date, or to the common, which contains those parts of the liturgy that are common to an entire category of saints, such as Apostles or Martyrs. Propers may include hymns and prayers in the Canonical Hours and in the Eucharist.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prop′ėr, adj. one's own: fitted for a person's nature or qualities: peculiar: belonging to only one of a species (as a name): natural: suitable: correct: just: right: becoming: (B.) comely, pretty: in liturgics, used only on a particular day or festival.—n. something set apart for a special use.—adv. (coll.) very, exceedingly.—adv. Prop′erly, in a proper manner: (coll.) entirely, extremely.—n. Prop′erness.—Properly speaking, in the strict sense: speaking without qualification. [Fr. propre—L. proprius, one's own, akin to prope, near.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1730
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1016
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Adjectives Frequency: #196
The numerical value of proper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of proper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.
Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
We’re promoting a healthy lifestyle for service members and their families.: proper nutrition, proper sleep and proper exercise. It’s a team effort.
Action without proper intellect is harmful but Intellect without proper action is wasteful and Life without proper intellect and proper action is painful.
You have no system, no state, no proper health system, no proper education, all officials here care only for themselves, their pockets and their people. They don't think of anyone else.
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- adequatCatalan, Valencian
- slušný, vlastní, pravý, pořádný, správnýCzech
- richtig, angemessen, eigentlich, Eigenname, passend, eigenGerman
- adecuada, adecuado, conveniente, precisoSpanish
- oikea, kunnon, kelpo, erisnimi, luonnonvärinen, varsinainen, kunnollinenFinnish
- juste, propre, convenable, exact, appropriéFrench
- iomchaidhScottish Gaelic
- tulajdonnév, tényleges, saját, megfelelőHungarian
- համապատասխան, պատշաճArmenian
- proprio, decente, appropriato, adattoItalian
- まとも, 厳密, 固有, 適当, 完全, ふさわしい, 徹底した, 上品, 妥当, 特有, 品の良い, 適した, 完璧, 元, 独特, きちんとした, 本来, 適切, 全くJapanese
- сопствен, соодветен, пристоен, вистински, свој, добар, умесен, самиот, правилен, погоден, личен, прикладен, правMacedonian
- echt, grondig, juist, compleet, goed, eigen, eigenlijk, volslagen, keurig, net, geschikt, degelijk, zelf, deugdelijk, gepastDutch
- høvelig, egentlig, ordentlig, skikkelig, riktig, sann, egen, veloppdragent, korrekt, passende, høviskNorwegian
- propriamente dito, adequado, por completo, próprio, apropriado, decente, completoPortuguese
- как таковой, круглый, надлежащий, собственный, настоящий, подходящий, самый, соответствующий, полный, правильныйRussian
- lämplig, proper, riktig, egen, passande, äkta, egennamn, egentligSwedish
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