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proper

adjective

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1 following the established traditions of refined society and good taste
  • the formal ball called for proper attire—tuxedos and full-length gowns only

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2 being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
  • there is really more than one proper way to pronounce that word in English

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3 marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details
  • we had nodded and said hello to one another but had never had a proper introduction

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5 serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group
  • malaria and other diseases that are proper to the tropics

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fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action. fit for battle suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

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The first known use of proper was in the 14th century

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“Proper.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/proper. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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