What is proper?

  • (adj): Appropriate for a condition or occasion.
    Example: "Everything in its proper place"
    Synonyms: right, suitable
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "proper":

  • (adj): Having all the qualities typical of the thing specified.
    Example: "Wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a proper job"
  • (adj): Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness.
    Example: "Proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
  • (adj): Limited to the thing specified.
    Example: "The city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

Famous quotes containing the word proper:

    The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)

    To write anything tolerable, the mind must be in a natural, proper disposition; provocatives, in that case, as well as in another, will only produce miserable, abortive performances.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)