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English adjective: proper

1. proper marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness


SamplesProper medical treatment.
Proper manners.


Similarbecoming, comely, comme il faut, correct, correct, decent, decorous, fitting, halal, kosher, priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, right, right, seemly, square-toed, straight-laced, straightlaced, strait-laced, straitlaced, tight-laced, victorian


See alsoappropriate, correct, decent, decorous, right, right


Attributecorrectitude, properness, propriety


Antonymsimproper

2. proper having all the qualities typical of the thing specified


SamplesWanted a proper dinner; not just a snack.
He finally has a proper job.


Similarreal


Antonymsunreal

3. proper limited to the thing specified


SamplesThe city proper.
His claim is connected with the deed proper.


Similarspecific


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

4. proper appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs


SamplesEverything in its proper place.
The right man for the job.
She is not suitable for the position.


Synonymsright


Similarappropriate


Antonymsinappropriate









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