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Meaning of PROPER

Pronunciation:  'prâpur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  appropriate for a condition or occasion; "everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"
  2. [adj]  marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
 

PROPER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: appropriate, becoming, comely, comme il faut, correct, decent, decorous, fitting, kosher, priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, right, seemly, square-toed, straightlaced, straitlaced, suitable, tight-laced, victorian
 
 Antonyms: improper
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Prop"er\, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius.
    Cf. {Appropriate}.]
    1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. ``His proper
       good'' [i. e., his own possessions]. --Chaucer. ``My
       proper son.'' --Shak.
    
             Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
             Betwixt true valor and an empty boast. --Dryden.
    
    2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution;
       peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his
       proper instincts and appetites.
    
             Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which
             constitute our proper humanity.       --Coleridge.
    
    3. 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.
    
             The proper study of mankind is man.   --Pope.
    
             In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play, All
             proper to the spring, and sprightly May. --Dryden.
    
    4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. [Archaic]
       ``Thou art a proper man.'' --Chaucer.
    
             Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents,
             because they saw he was a proper child. --Heb. xi.
                                                   23.
    
    5. 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.
    
    6. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper;
       the garden proper.
    
    7. (Her.) Represented in its natural color; -- said of any
       object used as a charge.
    
    {In proper}, individually; privately. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
    
    
    {Proper flower} or {corolla} (Bot.), one of the single
       florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower.
    
    
    {Proper fraction} (Arith.) a fraction in which the numerator
       is less than the denominator.
    
    {Proper nectary} (Bot.), a nectary separate from the petals
       and other parts of the flower. -- {Proper noun} (Gram.), a
       name belonging to an individual, by which it is
       distinguished from others of the same class; -- opposed to
       {common noun}; as, John, Boston, America.
    
    {Proper perianth} or {involucre} (Bot.), that which incloses
       only a single flower.
    
    {Proper receptacle} (Bot.), a receptacle which supports only
       a single flower or fructification.
    
    
  2. \Prop"er\, adv.
    Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
    [Colloq & Vulgar]
    
    
 

 

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