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Definition of proper adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    proper

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒpə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpər//
     
    Moral
     
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  1. 1  [only before noun] (especially British English) right, appropriate or correct; according to the rules We should have had a proper discussion before voting. Please follow the proper procedures for dealing with complaints. Nothing is in its proper place.
  2. 2  [only before noun] (British English, informal) that you consider to be real and of a good enough standard Eat some proper food, not just toast and jam! When are you going to get a proper job?
  3. 3socially and morally acceptable It is right and proper that parents take responsibility for their children's attendance at school. The development was planned without proper regard to the interests of local people. He is always perfectly proper in his behaviour. opposite improper see also propriety See related entries: Moral
  4. 4[after noun] according to the most exact meaning of the word The celebrations proper always begin on the last stroke of midnight.
  5. 5[only before noun] (British English, informal) complete We're in a proper mess now.
  6. 6proper to something (formal) belonging to a particular type of thing; natural in a particular situation or place They should be treated with the dignity proper to all individuals created by God.
  7. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French propre, from Latin proprius ‘one's own, special’.Extra examples It seemed proper to pay tribute to her in this way. It was not considered proper for young ladies to go out alone. She has a reputation for being prim and proper. The tribunal decided that his actions were perfectly proper. He’s always perfectly proper in his behaviour. I’ll do whatever I think proper. It is right and proper that parents take responsibility for their children’s behaviour. The development was planned without proper regard for the feelings of the local residents.Idioms (British English, informal) completely; thoroughly That's messed things up good and proper.
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