meaning of proper

1. Belonging to one; ones own; individual.
Belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites.
Befitting ones nature, qualities, etc. ; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress.
Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
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.
Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
limited to the thing specified; "the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed ">proper"

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