Definitions of proper

  1.   limited to the thing specified; " the city proper"; " his claim is connected with the deed proper"
  2.   Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
  3.   Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
  4.   Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
  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.   Belonging, as a name, to a single individual.
  7.   Fit; suitable; agreeing; correct; becoming; decent; such as should be; peculiar; not common; pert. to one only of a species; in gram., applied to such names as John Smith, London, Edinburgh, as opposed to man, city; in astron., the real motion of the sun and stars, as opposed to their apparent motion.
  8.   Fit; becoming; correct.
  9.   marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; " proper medical treatment"; " proper manners"
  10.   Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
  11.   Properly.
  12.   Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
  13.   Naturally belonging to a person or thing; one's own.
  14.   having all the qualities typical of the thing specified; " wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; " he finally has a proper job"
  15.   Fit or suitable; correct; as, proper language; appropriate; as, proper dress; relating to the nature of a certain person or thing; as, a proper noun: opposite to common; peculiar.
  16.   One's own; fit; correct; belonging.
  17.   Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
  18.   appropriate for a condition or occasion; " everything in its proper place"; " the right man for the job"; " she is not suitable for the position"
  19.   One's own: naturally or essentially belonging: peculiar: belonging to only one of a species ( as a name): natural: suitable: correct: just: right: becoming: ( B.) comely, pretty.
  20.   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.
  21.   Own; peculiar; particularly suited to; noting an individual; fit or suitable; correct; well- formed.

Antonyms for proper

dishonorable, Unmeet, intolerable, erotic, gamy, vicious, out-of-the-way, disobedient, incompatible, thoughtless, general, pornographic, erogenous, black, awkward, banned, paltry, iniquitous, cheesy, brassbound, slatternly, frisky, unsavory, indelicate, raunchy, risque, improper, discreditable, brazen, opprobrious, criminal, vile, impudent, inexact, unceremonious, censurable, unfit, errant, disreputable, shoddy, screaming, insubordinate, wrong, larky, unethical, obnoxious, impure, lewd, nonliterary, amatory, racy, notorious, bold-faced, sleazy, dowdy, currish, seedy, inelegant, tasteless, unfashionable, unorthodox, brassy, outlawed, lawless, dark, defiant, grungy, undiplomatic, raucous, taboo, unbookish, impertinent, uncivil, gauche, amorous, distant, inaccurate, uncongenial, uncharacteristic, fresh, sportive, unconnected, saucy, gross, coltish, inapposite, indiscreet, irrelevant, exceptionable, dirty, noisy, malapropos, laid-back, illegitimate, rambunctious, alien, evil, ignoble, Unbeseeming, felonious, roisterous, vernacular, tacky, snide, ungraceful, gutter, graceless, ostentatious, flawed, salty, styleless, filthy, perverse, nonspecific, impermissible, rebellious, unrespectable, unacceptable, foul, unqualified, garish, erroneous, barred, ill-mannered, nonformal, rollicking, X-rated, contradictory, impolite, infelicitous, wrongful, conflicting, easygoing, unfitting, untoward, blue, sassy, wayward, hostile, unrighteous, loud, inappropriate, unreal, off-color, unseemly, unliterary, ill-advised, Incompliant, rebel, detestable, nefarious, wicked, naughty, restive, unlawful, cheeky, sinful, unsuitable, discourteous, locker room, recusant, untypical, sluttish, unruly, prohibited, incapable, flashy, imprudent, frolicsome, foreign, bold, contemptible, uncalled-for, contrary, remote, ill-bred, skanky, irregular, defective, inadvisable, Interdicted, offensive, shabby, low, untrue, swank, shady, inexpert, inapt, casual, inept, incorrect, willful, unprintable, playful, crude, gaudy, reprehensible, obscene, wanton, unstylish, recalcitrant, spicy, bad, unsound, audacious, Misbecoming, unconventional, disgraceful, flamboyant, villainous, robustious, Low-minded, Sportful, brazen-faced, glitzy, ticky-tacky, unsatisfactory, intractable, rotten, Disallowed, froward, inconsiderate, infamous, wretched, louche, cocksure, Unhandsome, elfish, conversational, amiss, ignominious, obstreperous, rude, unhappy, uncomely, faulty, balky, erotogenic, execrable, stag, indecent, unskilled, sordid, vulgar, ungovernable, base, Fay, ribald, unmannered, splashy, coarse, Misbehaving, wise, unwise, brash, tactless, inadequate, unlike, verboten, contumacious, illegal, Unapt, nasty, flaring, mature, unskillful, shy, steamy, objectionable, shameful, despicable, off, gee-whiz, incongruous, smutty, porny, ungracious, antic, opposed, colloquial, mischievous, indecorous, catchpenny, profane, nervy, unmannerly, trashy, disrespectful, lurid, trampy, injudicious, hell raising, insolent, aphrodisiac, forbidden, incompetent, untruthful, untrained, false, informal, bawdy, proscribed, illicit, strange, low-down, atypical, suggestive, refractory, imperfect, boisterous, unbecoming, inapplicable, lascivious, razzle-dazzle, adult, arch.

Quotes of proper

  1. Judges need to restrict themselves to the proper resolution of the case before them. They need to avoid the temptation to set broad policy. – Mike DeWine
  2. Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done. – Frederick Douglass
  3. Animals when in company walk in a proper and sensible manner, in single file, instead of sprawling all across the road and being of no use or support to each other in case of sudden trouble or danger. – Kenneth Grahame
  4. I proceed with the proper subject of this discourse; namely, the further changes in scientific belief, which have occurred within my own recollection, even since the time when I first aspired to authorship, now forty- five years ago. – Asa Gray
  5. We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. – Patrick Henry
  6. We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books. – Robert M. Hutchins
  7. The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know. – Arthur Koestler
  8. Far too often animals are put to sleep when they could be saved through proper care and nursing. – Louis Leakey
  9. We are tainted by modern philosophy which has taught us that all is good, whereas evil has polluted everything and in a very real sense all is evil, since nothing is in its proper place. – Joseph de Maistre
  10. At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time. – Ovid
  11. It is always possible for the court to overreach its proper bounds and perhaps declare a lot of laws unconstitutional and frustrate the will of the majority in a way that it ought not be frustrated. – William Rehnquist
  12. If you can get the proper definition of trouble, then we can find out who the real troublemakers are. – Al Sharpton
  13. The Supreme Court is not elected, and it is therefore not a proper arbiter of social policy. – Lamar S. Smith
  14. What it is saying is that someone who was a world champion and who takes care of himself with a 17 -year rest and applies the proper training techniques and perseverance could be successful. – Mark Spitz
  15. As we learn from the New Testament, the Jews and the Samaritans in the days of Jesus were not agreed on the question which was the proper place of worship, but that there could be only one was taken to be as certain as the unity of God Himself. – Julius Wellhausen

Usage examples for proper

  1. Looking always what was proper her father looked now still more surprised than interested. ” – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  2. “ Ueberbein would not think it proper to mention anything of that sort to me. ” – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  3. “ 2786, in which the circle C is of the diameter of the outside, while circle D is that of the outside of the pulley proper circle E is of the diameter of the inside of the pulley rim. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  4. You are a white man and mean to take the proper line. ” – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  5. She's the proper person to take charge of you. ” – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  6. However, understand that I want you to do whatever you consider right and proper – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  7. “ Mr. Randolph, this is no proper place for the child to be. ” – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  8. And she may even be able to see it some day with proper care." ” – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  9. “ I must- it's the only proper thing to do. ” – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  10. Away- appear no more before me, till you have learned to speak what it is proper for me to hear. ” – A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
  11. So I don't see why it is not proper to call it paper. ” – Rollo's Museum by Jacob Abbott
  12. And what the principal and the head teacher have said just now are fit and proper – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  13. That is what I call the proper thing. ” – Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders on the Great American Desert by Jessie Graham Flower
  14. She had decided that since the Dorrance Domain had become a hotel, it was proper to have dinner at night, and luncheon in the middle of the day. ” – The Dorrance Domain by Carolyn Wells
  15. “ A doan't reeghtly think as A'd get my rest proper wi'out my neeghtcaps. ” – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  16. 1. What is a Proper Title? ” – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  17. “ Th' chances are they was in th' chase, Mr. Quentin, but they didn't get th' proper direction. ” – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. This was the proper shop to come to. ” – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  19. Come and kiss us both in a proper manner. ” – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  20. She did everything the proper way. ” – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon

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