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Proper

Denoting something that is truly what it is said or regarded to be; genuine
She's never had a proper job
A proper meal
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Properly

Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting
The proper knife for cutting bread.
Not a proper moment for a joke.
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Proper

Of the required or correct type or form; suitable or appropriate
They had not followed the proper procedures
An artist needs the proper tools
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Properly

Called for by rules or conventions; correct
The proper form for a business letter.
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Proper

Belonging or relating exclusively or distinctively to; particular to
The two elephant types proper to Africa and to southern Asia
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Properly

Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly
A proper lady.
A proper gentleman.
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Proper

In the natural colours.
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Properly

Belonging to one; own
Restored to his proper shape by the magician.
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Proper

(of a person) good-looking
He is a proper youth!
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Properly

Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar
An optical effect proper to fluids.
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Proper

Denoting a subset or subgroup that does not constitute the entire set or group, especially one that has more than one element.
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Properly

Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something
The town proper, excluding the suburbs.
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Proper

Satisfactorily or correctly
My eyes were all blurry and I couldn't see proper
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Properly

(Ecclesiastical) For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.
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Proper

The part of a church service that varies with the season or feast
We go to the High Mass, with plainsong propers sung by the Ritual Choir
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Properly

(Mathematics) Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
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Proper

Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting
The proper knife for cutting bread.
Not a proper moment for a joke.
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Properly

Worthy of the name; true
Wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
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Proper

Called for by rules or conventions; correct
The proper form for a business letter.
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Properly

Out-and-out; thorough
A proper whipping.
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Proper

Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly
A proper lady.
A proper gentleman.
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Properly

Thoroughly
Beat the eggs good and proper.
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Proper

Belonging to one; own
Restored to his proper shape by the magician.
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Properly

The portion of the liturgy that varies according to the particular feast or season of the year.
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Proper

Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar
An optical effect proper to fluids.
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Properly

In a proper manner, appropriately, suitably; correctly, justifiably
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Proper

Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something
The town proper, excluding the suburbs.
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Properly

(obsolete) individually; in one's own manner.
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Proper

(Ecclesiastical) For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.
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Properly

(colloquial) Entirely; extremely; thoroughly.
I was properly tired after that party.
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Proper

(Mathematics) Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
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Properly

In a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly; as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted.
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Proper

Worthy of the name; true
Wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
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Properly

Individually; after one's own manner.
Now, harkeneth, how I bare me properly.
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Proper

Out-and-out; thorough
A proper whipping.
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Properly

In the right manner;
Please do your job properly!
Can't you carry me decent?
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Proper

Thoroughly
Beat the eggs good and proper.
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Properly

With reason or justice
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Proper

The portion of the liturgy that varies according to the particular feast or season of the year.
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Proper

Suitable.
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Proper

Suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances; fit, suitable.
The proper time to plant potatoes
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Proper

Following the established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous.
A very proper young lady
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Proper

Possessed, related.
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Proper

(grammar) Used to designate a particular person, place, or thing. Proper nouns are usually written with an initial capital letter.
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Proper

Pertaining exclusively to a specific thing or person; particular.
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Proper

In the strict sense; within the strict definition or core (of a specified place, taxonomic order, idea, etc).
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Proper

Belonging to oneself or itself; own.
Proper motion — proper left — proper right
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Proper

(heraldry) Portrayed in natural or usual coloration, as opposed to conventional tinctures.
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Proper

(mathematics) Being strictly part of some other thing (not necessarily explicitly mentioned, but of definitional importance), and not being the thing itself.
Proper subset — proper ideal
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Proper

Eigen-; designating a function or value which is an eigenfunction or eigenvalue.
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Proper

Accurate, strictly applied.
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Proper

Excellent, of high quality; such as the specific person or thing should ideally be. (Now often merged with later senses.)
Now that was a proper breakfast.
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Proper

Attractive, elegant.
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Proper

In the very strictest sense of the word.
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Proper

Utter, complete.
When I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out, I felt a proper fool.
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Proper

Properly; thoroughly; completely.
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Proper

Properly.
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Proper

(obsolete) Something set apart for a special use.
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Proper

(Christianity) A part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date.
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Proper

Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,Betwixt true valor and an empty boast.
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Proper

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.
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Proper

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.
In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,All proper to the spring, and sprightly May.
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Proper

Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child.
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Proper

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.
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Proper

Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
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Proper

Represented in its natural color; - said of any object used as a charge.
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Proper

Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
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Proper

Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness;
Proper medical treatment
Proper manners
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Proper

Limited to the thing specified;
The city proper
His claim is connected with the deed proper
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Proper

Appropriate for a condition or occasion;
Everything in its proper place
The right man for the job
She is not suitable for the position
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Proper

Having all the qualities typical of the thing specified;
Wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack
He finally has a proper job
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