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): Marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness.
    Example: "Proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
  • (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): Limited to the thing specified.
    Example: "The city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"

Famous quotes containing the word proper:

    The Methodists love your big sinners, as proper subjects to work upon.
    Horace Walpole (1717–1797)

    Thou art the unanswered question;
    Couldst see thy proper eye,
    Alway it asketh, asketh;
    And each answer is a lie.
    So take thy quest through nature,
    It through thousand natures ply;
    Ask on, thou clothed eternity;
    Time is the false reply.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Hence a young man is not a proper hearer of lectures on political science; for he is inexperienced in the actions that occur in life, but its discussions start from these and are about these; and, further, since he tends to follow his passions, his study will be vain and unprofitable, because the end aimed at is not knowledge but action.
    Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)