proper

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. correct, fastidious; suitable, becoming; decorous, demure, chaste, delicate; individual, special, limited, own, appropriate, pertinent, apropos, meet; seemly, befitting; equitable, fair, right, just. See rightness, speciality, elegance, expedience, justice.
Ant., improper.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Suitable]
Syn. fit, just, decent, fitting; see fit 1 , 2 .
2. [Conventional]
Syn. customary, usual, decorous; see conventional 1 , 2 .
3. [Prudish]
Syn. prim, precise, strait-laced; see prudish .
4. [Personal]
Syn. private, own, peculiar; see individual 1 .
See Synonym Study at fit .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. suitable appropriate, suited, befitting, apt, right, fit, apropos, correct, sensible.
2. seemly decent, genteel, polite, correct, *politically correct, mannerly, nice, decorous, acceptable, fitting, comme il faut, refined.
3. peculiar distinctive, distinguishing, own, individual, specific, personal.
ANT.: 1. unsuitable, ill-fitting, wrong. 2. unseemly, rude, impolite
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place: appropriate, apt, becoming, befitting, correct, felicitous, fit1, fitting, happy, meet2, right, tailor-made. See RIGHT. 2. Suited to one's end or purpose: appropriate, befitting, convenient, expedient, fit1, good, meet2, suitable, tailor-made, useful. See AGREE, GOOD. 3. Consistent with prevailing or accepted standards or circumstances: appropriate, deserved, due, fit1, fitting, just, merited, right, rightful, suitable. See RIGHT. 4. Conforming to accepted standards: becoming, befitting, comely, comme il faut, correct, decent, decorous, de ngueur, nice, respectable, right, seemly. See COURTESY. 5. In accordance with principles of right or good conduct: ethical, moral, principled, right, righteous, rightful, right-minded, virtuous. See RIGHT. 6. Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form: bluenosed, genteel, old-maidish, precise, priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, strait-laced, stuffy, Victorian. Idiom: prim and proper. See PLAIN.

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