What does proper mean?

Definitions for proper
ˈprɒp ərprop·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. properadjective

    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

    "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

  2. proper(a)adjective

    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)adjective

    limited to the thing specified

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

  4. proper, rightadjective

    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. properadverb

    properly; thoroughly; completely

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

  2. properadjective

    Suitable.

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

  3. properadjective

    Possessed, related.

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

  4. properadjective

    Accurate, strictly applied.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Properadjective

    belonging to one; one's own; individual

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

  2. Properadjective

    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. Properadjective

    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. Properadjective

    becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome

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

  5. Properadjective

    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. Properadjective

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

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

  7. Properadjective

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

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

  8. Properadverb

    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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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. Prince Ali:

    I am very, very worried that candidates can use that for political moving without having a real, proper, healthy, studied debate ; honestly, we can not afford to make mistakes that have happened in the past, i do have this feeling that it is to appeal to people just for the sake of votes.

  2. Michael Bivona:

    Most people have some kind of lifestyle vision for retirement, unfortunately without proper planning their dreams don't always become a reality as they enter the encore time of their lives. Quoted from CPA Practice Advisor-October 5, 2015

  3. The Argentine pope:

    The time has come to promote policies which create employment, but above all there is a need to restore dignity to labor by ensuring proper working conditions, this implies, on the one hand, finding new ways of joining market flexibility with the need for stability and security on the part of workers; these are indispensable for their human development.

  4. John Locke:

    Tis a Mistake to think this Fault [tyranny] is proper only to Monarchies; other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that. For where-ever the Power that is put in any hands for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many.

  5. Abby Finkenauer:

    I am heartbroken to hear somebody to talk like that about people who are working their tails off every day, quite literally putting food on his table, for him to place the blame on my constituents versus the employers who knew for weeks what was going on and yet did not take the proper precautions to protect the folks who show up there every day, work hard every single day, it is unfathomable to me and again shows the disconnect between this administration and what is really happening on the ground.

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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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