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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

My idea of a good night has always been having a lovely meal and a proper conversation.
Kirsty Gallacher

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

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it - but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.
George Washington

I am so not a proper, good female. I can't dance in high heels and I'm just so not girly, but then I see these men with these banging bodies, dancing in heels, singing, and having so much fun with so much make-up on. That makes me honestly want to be a better woman.
Kesha

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Jack London
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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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