/prop"euhr/, adj.1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant strawberries.2. conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a very proper young man.3. fitting; right: It was only proper to bring a gift.4. strictly belonging or applicable: the proper place for a stove.5. belonging or pertaining exclusively or distinctly to a person, thing, or group.6. strict; accurate.7. in the strict sense of the word (usually used postpositively): Shellfish do not belong to the fishes proper. Is the school within Boston proper or in the suburbs?8. Gram.a. (of a name, noun, or adjective) designating a particular person or thing and written in English with an initial capital letter, as Joan, Chicago, Monday, American.b. having the force or function of a proper name: a proper adjective.9. normal or regular.10. belonging to oneself or itself; own.11. Chiefly Brit. Informal. complete or thorough: a proper thrashing.12. Eccles. used only on a particular day or festival: the proper introit.13. Heraldry. (of a device) depicted in its natural colors: an oak tree proper.14. Informal.a. excellent; capital; fine.b. good-looking or handsome.15. Math. (of a subset of a set) not equal to the whole set.16. Archaic. of good character; respectable.adv.17. Informal. thoroughly; completely.n.18. Eccles. a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.[1250-1300; ME propre < OF < L proprius one's own]Syn. 1. suited. 2, 3. meet, befitting, becoming, decent, polite. 5. special, individual, peculiar. 6. precise, exact, just, formal.
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