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adjective proper pronunciation in American English /ˈprɑpər/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] appropriate for the purpose or situation
    You have to have the proper tools for the job.
    That’s not the proper way to do it!
    proper procedures: Councilors went against their own officers and ignored proper procedures.
  2. 2
    considered to be morally good
    I don’t think it would be proper for me to say any more.
    I’m sure you will all agree that this is the only proper course of action.
    right and proper: It’s only right and proper that his family should be present.
  3. 3
    considered to be real or serious
    When are you going to get a proper job?
    He needs proper medical care.
  4. 4
    behaving in a manner that most people would consider correct and polite
    Young people then were all terribly proper.
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  5. 5
    [never before noun] understood in its most exact meaning
    Does he live in Chicago proper or in the suburbs?
  6. 6
    mainly British informal complete in every detail
    He’s only six, but he’s already a proper little gentleman.
  7. 7
    formal belonging to a particular type of thing
    proper to: a style of architecture proper to the period

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