[ adjective ] marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness


"proper medical treatment" "proper manners"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

They plan to become county people who know the proper way to terminate a fox 's life on earth .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

When we say that a mythological mode of thought must be completely abandoned , we mean it must be abandoned as the sole or proper means for presenting the Christian understanding of existence .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

Consultation with architects , clients , real_estate men , fabric houses and furniture companies is essential to the proper development of class problems just as in actual work .

There is plenty of opportunity for proper education today .

The proper correlation of the art with the academic can be achieved only_if this standard is observed .

[ adjective ] appropriate for a condition or occasion


suitable right


"everything in its proper place" "the right man for the job" "she is not suitable for the position"

Used in print

(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)

Have you evaluated the proper place of advertising and all phases of promotion in your total marketing program - from the standpoint of effort , money , and effectiveness ?

(George Harmon Coxe, Error of Judgement....)

He was always well groomed and well tailored , and he had that rich_man 's look which was authentic enough and came from two good prep_schools and a proper university .

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[ adjective ] limited to the thing specified


"the city proper" "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

Used in print

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

While Protogeometric vases usually turn_up , especially outside Greece proper , together with as_many or more examples of local stamp , these `` non Greek '' patterns had mostly vanished by the later ninth century .

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10315
[ adjective ] having all the qualities typical of the thing specified


"wanted a proper dinner not just a snack" "he finally has a proper job"

Used in print

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

In the recent political_campaign two charges were leveled affecting the question of power , and I think we might begin by trying to put them into proper focus .

(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)

Pamela_North said , `` Hi '' , to her cats , and added that proper cats met their humans at the door .

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