proper

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proper is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
proper

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Positive
proper

Comparative
more proper

Superlative
most proper

  1. (usually before the noun) The proper way, place, use, etc. is the right one.
    What is the proper way to write a letter?
  2. If something is proper, it is polite or acceptable.
    It's not proper for you to live alone like this.
    She was a very proper young lady.
    Why don't you get a proper job at a good company?
  3. (only after the noun) The x proper is the main or important part of x, not the parts near it.
    We stayed in a village and only went into the city proper during the day.

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