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Definitions of proper

  1. marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. appropriate for a condition or occasion; "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; "wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a proper job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. limited to the thing specified; "the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Properly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Fit or suitable; correct; as, proper language; appropriate; as, proper dress; relating to the nature of a certain person or thing; as, a proper noun: opposite to common; peculiar. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. One's own: naturally or essentially belonging: peculiar: belonging to only one of a species (as a name): natural: suitable: correct: just: right: becoming: (B.) comely, pretty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. One's own; fit; correct; belonging. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Fit; becoming; correct. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Belonging, as a name, to a single individual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well-formed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Fit; suitable; agreeing; correct; becoming; decent; such as should be; peculiar; not common; pert. to one only of a species; in gram., applied to such names as John Smith, London, Edinburgh, as opposed to man, city; in astron., the real motion of the sun and stars, as opposed to their apparent motion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. That which is fit, suitable, adapted, and correct. See Knox v. Lee, 12 Wall. 457, 20 L. Ed. 2S7; Griswold v. Hep burn, 2 Duv. (Ky.) 20; Westfield v. Warren, 8 N. J. Law, 251. Peculiar; naturally or essentially belonging to a person or thing; not common; ap- propriate; one's own. thelawdictionary.org
  23. prop'[.e]r, 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. (Archaic, usu. w. possessive pron. & sometimes w. own) own, as with my own p. eyes; (Astr.) p. motion, that part of the apparent motion of fixed star &c. supposed to be due to its actual movement in space; belonging, relating, exclusively or distinctively (lo. or abs. as p. psalms, lessons, p. to particular day); (Gram.) p. noun or name, name used to designate an individual person, animal, town, ship, &c. (e.g. Jane, Smith, France, London); accurate, correct, as in the p. sense of the word; (usu. foll. its noun) strictly so called, real, genuine, as within the sphere of architecture p., p. fraction (less than unity); (colloq.) thorough, complete, as will be a p. row about this; (archaic) handsome, as a p. man; fit, suitable, right, as choose the p. time, do it the p. way; in conformity with demands of society, decent, respectable, as she is so distressingly p., would it be quite p.?; (Herald.) in the natural, not conventional, colours, as a peacock p. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. (Her.) Having its own [Fr. propre] natural colour. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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