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proper

prop·er

proper

 
 
pronunciation:
pra pr
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: suitable to the purpose or circumstances; appropriate.
the proper clothing for the occasion
synonyms:
appropriate, apt, fitting, meet
antonyms:
abusive, improper, inappropriate, wrong
similar words:
advisable, applicable, apposite, apropos, comely, done, due, expedient, fit, legitimate, possible, right, suitable, tasteful
definition 2: according with established methods, conventions, or rules; correct.
synonyms:
conventional, correct, decorous, formal, orthodox, right, seemly
antonyms:
abusive, improper, unconventional
similar words:
decent, fair, legitimate, reputable, respectable, rightful, routine, tasteful, true
definition 3: behaving with excessively refined manners.
synonyms:
fastidious, formal, genteel, stiff
similar words:
courteous, dignified, elegant, polished, polite, prim, refined, respectable, squeamish, tasteful
definition 4: in the strictest sense of the term (usu. used after the term itself).
not New York City but Manhattan proper
definition 5: belonging or relating to the person or thing specified.
animals proper to the islands
synonyms:
peculiar, specific
similar words:
indigenous, native
derivation: properness (n.)
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  • properly:
    in a proper way.
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