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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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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