from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in accord with conventions or accepted standards; proper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Proper; in keeping with etiquette or social standards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As it should be; according to the rules of good society; genteel; proper: a French phrase often used in English.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. according with custom or propriety


French : comme, as + il faut, it is necessary, proper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French comme il faut ‘as it should be’. (Wiktionary)


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