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Meaning & Definition of Proper in English





1. Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

  • "Proper medical treatment"
  • "Proper manners"
  • proper

2. Having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

  • "Wanted a proper dinner
  • Not just a snack"
  • "He finally has a proper job"
  • proper(a)

3. Limited to the thing specified

  • "The city proper"
  • "His claim is connected with the deed proper"
  • proper(ip)

4. Appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

  • "Everything in its proper place"
  • "The right man for the job"
  • "She is not suitable for the position"
  • proper,
  • right

Examples of using

Before tidying up, all my things were lying scattered about in their proper place; afterwards, everything was neatly arranged hell knows where.
Last night I was too tired to cook a proper meal, so I just ate instant noodles.
If everyone could pay close attention, please. I will now auscultate the patient. Make sure to note the proper procedure because you all will be practicing this tomorrow.