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  • adj. superlative form of proper: most proper.


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  • Stain thy face, as I said, and grow thy beard, and thou'lt be the properest Sirkar's bargain in India!


  • Then he gave him last instructions as to the properest way of dealing with his neighbours and the due management of his affairs; after which he called to mind his brother and his home and his native land and wept over his separation from those he had first loved.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It was the easiest way, and, beyond all comparison, the properest.

    Little Dorrit

  • The revolutions of the sun and moon, the properest measures of time for mankind.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • I pray thee tell me how thou likest my sweetheart, as she asked her sister in Aristenaetus, [5736] whom I so much admire, methinks he is the sweetest gentleman, the properest man that ever I saw: but I am in love, I confess (nec pudet fateri) and cannot therefore well judge.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Useful, satisfying yet inoffensive combination of two very rude words which can safely be spoken in primmest and properest company.

    pulse of hope

  • And perhaps, Madam, if you and the honoured family should be of opinion that to comply with their wishes is now the properest measure that can be taken, the circumstances of things may require your authority or advice, to induce her to change her mind.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • If thou canst not, give way to thy conscience, and that will make the properest application.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I will therefore teach the little dear courteousness and affability, from the properest motives I am able to think of; and will instruct him in only one piece of pride, that of being above doing a mean or low action.


  • She could not have ridden nor wept more had Jessie been her own daughter — she showed the properest spirit.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll


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