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Definition of Proper

Proper

  1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  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.
  4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  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. Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  8. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.

Proper Quotations

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
Buddha

You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
Bill Cosby

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Joseph Addison

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Oscar Wilde

The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
Thomas Jefferson
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Proper Translations

proper in Afrikaans is juis, behoorlik
proper in Danish is rigtig
proper in Dutch is fatsoenlijk, betamelijk, behoorlijk
proper in Finnish is oikea
proper in French is convenable
proper in Latin is decorus, verus, idoneus, decet, commodus, iustus
proper in Portuguese is apropriado
proper in Spanish is recto

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