What does properly mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right wayadverb

    in the right manner

    "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"

  2. by rights, properlyadverb

    with reason or justice


  1. properlyadverb

    in a proper manner

  2. properlyadverb

    individually; in one's own manner

    Now herkenyth how I bar me properly. uE000151315uE001 Chaucer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Properlyadverb

    Etymology: from proper.

    What dies but what has life
    And sin? the body properly hath neither. John Milton.

    The miseries of life are not properly owing to the unequal distribution of things. Jonathan Swift.

    There is a sense in which the works of every man, good as well as bad, are properly his own. John Rogers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Properlyadverb

    in a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly; as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted

  2. Properlyadverb

    individually; after one's own manner

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2034

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1030

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Adverbs Frequency: #159

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of properly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of properly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of properly in a Sentence

  1. Lauren Flymen:

    If you're going on a run, you think about other stuff in your life and problems, whereas when I go out and jump rope, you just focus on that. You are properly in the zone. You can't think about anything else because it involves so much of your mind to actually do these tricks.

  2. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    I mean, if in fact the execution was not properly conducted, I don't see how you can blame it on the drug.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I have big heart for DACA, i want to be able to keep them. But if the court rules properly, there will be no problem with DACA and we'll get everything solved. If the court rules in favor of Obama having that right, it's going to be a disaster because we will get nothing, we will get nothing done.

  4. Andrew Gounardes:

    We're nottrying to destroy the industry. All we're saying is you have a responsibility to properly compensate us for the use of the data that we are giving you, that you're mining off of us, that we have seen no return on, in some ways the ketchup is out of the bottle, and we’re not trying to put it all back yet, but we do think there should be fair, appropriate and equitable way to manage this data, use this data and compensate us for it fairly and properly.

  5. Gianni Infantino:

    I think UEFA has made it very clear. And I have made it very clear, that this whole situation is basically a non-story, everything has been done completely transparently and properly.

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  • كما يجب, كما ينبغيArabic
  • richtig, ordentlich, ordnungsgemäßGerman
  • δεόντως, σωστά, καθωσπρέπειGreek
  • correctamenteSpanish
  • به درستیPersian
  • oikeinFinnish
  • correctement, proprement, convenablementFrench
  • अच्छी तरह, ठीक, ठीक तरह सेHindi
  • dengan baikIndonesian
  • correttamente, in maniera appropriata, con cognizione di causa, propriamenteItalian
  • 適切Japanese
  • ordentligNorwegian
  • правильно, хорошенько, как следует, соответственно, должным образомRussian
  • uygun şekildeTurkish
  • ٹھیکUrdu

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