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 for proper
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Proper \Prop"er\, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius.
     Cf. Appropriate.]
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     1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. "His proper good"
        [i. e., his own possessions]. --Chaucer. "My proper son."
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              Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
              Betwixt true valor and an empty boast. --Dryden.
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     2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution;
        peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his
        proper instincts and appetites.
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              Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which
              constitute our proper humanity.       --Coleridge.
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     3. 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.
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              The proper study of mankind is man.   --Pope.
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              In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,
              All proper to the spring, and sprightly May.
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     4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. [Archaic]
        "Thou art a proper man." --Chaucer.
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              Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents,
              because they saw he was a proper child. --Heb. xi.
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     5. 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.
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     6. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper;
        the garden proper.
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     7. (Her.) Represented in its natural color; -- said of any
        object used as a charge.
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     In proper, individually; privately. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
     Proper flower or Proper 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 or Proper 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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Proper \Prop"er\, adv.
     Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness;
             "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners" [ant:
      2: having all the qualities typical of the thing specified;
         "wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a
         proper job"
      3: limited to the thing specified; "the city proper"; "his claim
         is connected with the deed proper"
      4: appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a
         person's character, needs; "everything in its proper place";
         "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the
         position" [syn: proper, right]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  274 Moby Thesaurus words for "proper":
     Christian, OK, absolute, accepted, accommodated to, according to,
     according to Hoyle, accurate, acknowledged, adapted, adapted to,
     adjusted to, admitted, advantageous, advisable, after,
     agreeable to, agreeably to, all right, alone, answerable to,
     applicable, apposite, appropriate, approved, apropos, apt, arrant,
     au fait, authentic, authoritative, balanced, banausic, becoming,
     befitting, being done, beneficial, blamed, by, canonical, capable,
     characteristic, civil, classical, comely, comme il faut,
     commodious, competent, complete, condign, conformable,
     conformable to, conforming, conformist, confounded, congruent with,
     congruous, consistent with, consummate, convenient, conventional,
     correct, crashing, crass, customary, de rigueur, dead right,
     decent, decided, decorous, defensible, definitive, delicate,
     deserved, desirable, desired, diagnostic, dignified, distinct,
     distinctive, distinguished, downright, due, egregious, elegant,
     employable, equitable, established, evangelical, even, evenhanded,
     exact, expected, expedient, fair, fair and square, faithful,
     faultless, favorable, feasible, felicitous, firm, fit, fitten,
     fitting, flagrant, flawless, formal, fructuous, functional,
     genteel, gentlemanly, glaring, good, good for, gross, happy,
     helpful, idiocratic, idiosyncratic, in accordance with,
     in agreement with, in character, in compliance with,
     in conformity with, in correspondence to, in harmony with,
     in keeping with, in line with, in lock-step with, in obedience to,
     in step with, in uniformity with, individual, infernal, inspired,
     intolerable, intrinsic, just, just right, justifiable, justified,
     kosher, ladylike, lawful, legal, letter-perfect, level, likely,
     literal, marked, meet, meet and right, merited, meticulous, modest,
     nice, normal, normative, of general utility, of help, of service,
     of the faith, of use, okay, only, opportune, orthodox,
     orthodoxical, out-and-out, outright, own, particular, peculiar,
     per, perfect, polite, politic, positive, practical, pragmatical,
     precious, precise, prig, priggish, prissy, profitable, profound,
     pronounced, proper to, prudish, punctilious, puritanical,
     qualified, quintessential, rank, received, recognized,
     recommendable, refined, regular, respectable, respective, right,
     right and proper, righteous, rightful, rigorous, satisfactory,
     scriptural, seasonable, seemly, sensible, separate, serviceable,
     shattering, shocking, single, singular, solely, sortable, sound,
     special, specific, square, standard, stark, stark-staring,
     straight, straight-up-and-down, straitlaced, strictly speaking,
     stuffy, suitable, suitable for, suited, superlative, surpassing,
     textual, the veriest, thorough, thoroughgoing, timely,
     to be desired, total, traditional, traditionalistic, true,
     true to form, true-blue, unbearable, unconscionable, undeniable,
     unequivocal, uniform with, unique, unmitigated, unqualified,
     unrelieved, unspoiled, urbane, useful, usual, utilitarian, utter,
     warrantable, warranted, well-chosen, well-expressed, well-put,
     well-timed, wicked, wise, worthwhile

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROPER. That which is essential, suitable, adapted, and correct. 
       2. Congress is authorized by art, 1, s. 8, of the constitution of the 
  United States, "to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper, for 
  carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by 
  this constitution of the United States, in any department. or officer 
  thereof." See Necessary and Proper. 

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