Meaning of proper

prop•er

Pronunciation: (prop'ur), [key]
— 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. a proper adjective.
    1. (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.
    2. having the force or function of a proper name:a proper adjective.
  9. normal or regular.
  10. belonging to oneself or itself; own.
  11. complete or thorough: a proper thrashing.
  12. used only on a particular day or festival: the proper introit.
  13. (of a device) depicted in its natural colors: an oak tree proper.
    1. excellent; capital; fine.
    2. good-looking or handsome.
  14. (of a subset of a set) not equal to the whole set.
  15. of good character; respectable.
—adv.
  1. thoroughly; completely.
—n.
  1. a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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