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Prop"er (?), a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. Appropriate.]
Belonging to one; one's own; individual."His proper good" [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. "My proper son."
Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which constitute our proper humanity.
Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.
The proper study of mankind is man.
In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,
Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.[Archaic] "Thou art a proper man."
Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child.
Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper.
Represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge.
In proper, individually; privately. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor. -- Proper flower ∨ corolla Bot., one of the single florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower. -- Proper fraction Arith. a fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator. -- Proper nectary Bot., a nectary separate from the petals and other parts of the flower. -- Proper noun Gram., a name belonging to an individual, by which it is distinguished from others of the same class; -- opposed to common noun; as, John, Boston, America. -- Proper perianth ∨ involucre Bot., that which incloses only a single flower. -- Proper receptacle Bot., a receptacle which supports only a single flower or fructification.
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Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.[Colloq & Vulgar]
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