Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. in a proper manner
  • adv. individually; in one's own manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly
  • adv. Individually; after one's own manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In one's own manner, speech, action, etc.
  • In a proper manner; with propriety; fitly; suitably; correctly: as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted.
  • To a high degree; quite; entirely; exceedingly; extremely.
  • Abbreviated properly
  • Speaking without qualification.

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

  • adv. with reason or justice
  • adv. in the right manner

Etymologies

proper +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The six-shooter when properly handled is the only weapon -- mind you, sir, I say _properly "_ and here the old eyes blinked rapidly over the great art as he knew its practice.

    Crooked Trails

  • How many years and hours it takes to play a violin properly is amazing, when you think of it, and I find it so beautiful that we have something like this.

    Lindberg Makes His Mark on the N.Y. Philharmonic

  • There was at least one soul around, if I understand the term properly, and that was me.

    To Fetch a Thief

  • If successful, she might pick up the Nobel Prize he would have gotten, the one he longed for to finish his term properly on a positive note.

    Shunit Harpaz: Why Israel Needs Hillary

  • He insisted that the title properly belonged to his hero, de Mons, who gave Champlain the means, the men, the material and the provisions to construct the habitation at Quebec.8

    Champlain's Dream

  • Too often, people type "LOL" as a way of expressing amusement, rather than to connote, as the term properly means, that they are actually laughing out loud.

    "Grave and deteriorating."

  • I hope I used the term properly an not out of context.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Personality only pertains to the physical, while individuality is the term properly applied to the spiritual self.

    The Right Knock A Story

  • But though God's righteousness as demonstrated in Christ's death -- in other words, His action in consistency with His character -- includes, and, if we choose to interpret the term properly, even necessitates, the revelation of His grace, it is not this only -- I do not believe it is this primarily -- which St. Paul has here in mind.

    The Atonement and the Modern Mind

  • Obedstown — not that the title properly belonged to the office, but because in those regions the chief citizens always must have titles of some sort, and so the usual courtesy had been extended to Hawkins.

    The gilded age

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