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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


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.



3. proper limited to the thing specified

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


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.




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