Synonyms for proper

Grammar : Adj
Spell : prop-er
Phonetic Transcription : ˈprɒp ər

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Définition of proper

Origin :
  • c.1300, "adapted to some purpose, fit, apt; commendable, excellent" (sometimes ironic), from Old French propre "own, particular; exact, neat, fitting, appropriate" (11c.), from Latin proprius "one's own, particular to itself," from pro privo "for the individual, in particular," from ablative of privus "one's own, individual" (see private (adj.)) + pro "for" (see pro-). Related: Properly.
  • From early 14c. as "belonging or pertaining to oneself; individual; intrinsic;" from mid-14c. as "pertaining to a person or thing in particular, special, specific; distinctive, characteristic;" also "what is by the rules, correct, appropriate, acceptable." From early 15c. as "separate, distinct; itself." Meaning "socially appropriate, decent, respectable" is first recorded 1704. Proper name "name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question," is from late 13c., a sense also preserved in astronomical proper motion (c.1300). Proper noun is from c.1500.
  • adj suitable
  • adj mannerly, decent
  • adj conventional, correct
  • adj individual, personal
Example sentences :
  • Many such instances might be adduced if this were the proper occasion.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • And why may I not think that I am now put upon a proper exercise of it?
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • She only felt that to feel it was the beautiful and proper thing.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • He ought to get her a proper servant and a man for the garden and the bath chair.
  • Extract from : « Life and Death of Harriett Frean » by May Sinclair
  • HALL is a landsman, and therefore the proper man to send in search of land.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870 » by Various
  • Proper attention should be given to them after they are purchased, too.
  • Extract from : « Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 » by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • In the "Library" proper, however, there are few traces of them.
  • Extract from : « De Libris: Prose and Verse » by Austin Dobson
  • The messenger, too, who lends himself to her humour now becomes a proper man.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • She had known the man, had taken the situation at its proper value.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It has come to me right out of myself, so I know that it has come at the proper time.
  • Extract from : « De Profundis » by Oscar Wilde

Antonyms for proper

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