proper

Something proper is correct or right. There's a proper fork to use for salad, and a proper way to dress for a wedding.

Things that are proper fit the situation — they're the right thing to do, because of custom or manners. A swear word is the opposite of proper language. Wearing a hat indoors isn't proper, as your grandparents have probably reminded you. Getting proper medical care means you've received the appropriate medical care. When things are proper, they're correct and suitable: they fit.

Definitions of proper
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adj marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

proper medical treatment”
proper manners”
Synonyms:
appropriate
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
correct, right
free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
decent
conforming to conventions of sexual behavior
decorous
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemly
according with custom or propriety
correct, right
socially right or correct
correct, right
in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure
fitting
in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion
halal
proper or legitimate
kosher
proper or legitimate
priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straight-laced, straightlaced, strait-laced, straitlaced, tight-laced, victorian
exaggeratedly proper
right
in conformance with justice or law or morality
Antonyms:
improper
not suitable or right or appropriate
inappropriate
not suitable for a particular occasion etc
indecent
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters
indecorous, indelicate
lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
unfit
below the required standards for a purpose
indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untoward
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
out-of-the-way
improper or even offensive
incorrect, wrong
not in accord with established usage or procedure
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
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adj appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs

“everything in its proper place”
Synonyms:
right
appropriate
suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc

adj having all the qualities typical of the thing specified

“wanted a proper dinner”
“he finally has a proper job”
Synonyms:
real
no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

adj limited to the thing specified

“the city proper
“his claim is connected with the deed proper
Synonyms:
specific
(sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

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