Synonyms for properly

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

Définition of properly

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.
  • adv correctly
Example sentences :
  • She was properly presented; but as yet she has had no success at all.'
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • If these are properly looked after, they may be kept for some time.
  • Extract from : « Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 » by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • If it is properly put together it will remain rigid and unyielding.
  • Extract from : « Flying Machines » by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • I was glad to see that her neck and arms were properly covered.
  • Extract from : « In the Valley » by Harold Frederic
  • To whom could she so properly confide this important secret?
  • Extract from : « Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I » by Francis Augustus Cox
  • Still they denied her no need her rare charms might properly claim.
  • Extract from : « The Last of the Mohicans » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • If properly made, it will be light and flaky, and the suet imperceptible.
  • Extract from : « Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches » by Eliza Leslie
  • You wish to eat your meals, and, if possible, to have them properly served.
  • Extract from : « American Notes » by Rudyard Kipling
  • The case is different with the sciences, properly so called.
  • Extract from : « An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding » by David Hume
  • Kirkwood could see his shamefaced, sidelong glances; and despised him properly for them.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance

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