What does proper mean?

Definitions for proper
ˈprɒp ərprop·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proper(adj)

    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

    "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

  2. proper(a)(adj)

    having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

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

  3. proper(ip)(adj)

    limited to the thing specified

    "the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

  4. proper, right(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. proper(Adverb)

    properly; thoroughly; completely

    Etymology: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.

  2. proper(Adjective)

    Suitable.

    Etymology: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.

  3. proper(Adjective)

    Possessed, related.

    Etymology: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.

  4. proper(Adjective)

    Accurate, strictly applied.

    Etymology: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proper(adj)

    belonging to one; one's own; individual

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  2. Proper(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  3. Proper(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  4. Proper(adj)

    becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  5. Proper(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  6. Proper(adj)

    rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  7. Proper(adj)

    represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

  8. Proper(adverb)

    properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good

    Etymology: [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]

Freebase

  1. Proper

    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

  1. Proper

    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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. proper

    A term which serves to mark out a thing more especially and formally. Thus, the proper form of a battalion is the usual continuity of line given to the formation of a battalion, and which remains unaltered by the wheelings of its divisions; or if altered, is restored by the same operation. Proper right, is the right of a battalion, company, or subdivision, when it is drawn up according to its natural formation. Proper pivot flank, in column, is that which, when wheeled up to, preserves the division of the line in the natural order, and to their proper front. The other may be called the reverse flank.

  2. proper

    In heraldry, a charge borne of its natural color, is said to be proper. An object whose color varies at different times and in different examples, as a rose which may be white or red cannot be borne proper.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1730

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1016

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Adjectives Frequency: #196

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How to say proper in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proper in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of proper in a Sentence

  1. Ahmed Korayem:

    Sometimes one has to go against what is proper in order to do what is right

  2. TLHAKA TLHANKANE:

    Action without proper intellect is harmful but Intellect without proper action is wasteful and Life without proper intellect and proper action is painful.

  3. William Hendrikson (1911-1982):

    "Harmony, accordingly, has been restored. Peace was made. Through Christ and his cross the universe is brought back or restored to its proper relationship to God in the sense that as a just reward for his obedience Christ was exalted to the Father’s right hand, from which position of authority and power He rules the entire universe in the interest of the church and to the glory of God." (on Colossians 1:20)

  4. Robert Ndetei:

    If you don’t plan properly, if you don’t do proper environmental impact assessments, then you are doomed to fail and at the Nairobi National Park this could lead to more lions and other animals coming into contact with a growing human presence.

  5. Stacey Abrams:

    So let's be clear -- this is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper, as a woman of conscience and faith, I can not concede that. But, my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of governor isn't nearly as important as our shared title -- voters. And that is why we fight on.

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Translations for proper

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  • لائقArabic
  • 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
  • ראויHebrew
  • उचितHindi
  • 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
  • په‌سه‌ندKurdish
  • 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
  • właściwyPolish
  • propriamente dito, adequado, por completo, próprio, apropriado, decente, completoPortuguese
  • propriuRomanian
  • как таковой, круглый, надлежащий, собственный, настоящий, подходящий, самый, соответствующий, полный, правильныйRussian
  • lämplig, proper, riktig, egen, passande, äkta, egennamn, egentligSwedish
  • düzgünTurkish
  • اچتUrdu

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