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proper fraction


      n   a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as ½ or x/(3 + x2)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
1    usually prenominal   appropriate or suited for some purpose  
in its proper place     
2    correct in behaviour or conduct  
3    excessively correct in conduct; vigorously moral  
4    up to a required or regular standard  
5    immediately postpositive   (of an object, quality, etc.) referred to or named specifically so as to exclude anything not directly connected with it  
his claim is connected with the deed proper     
6    postpositive; foll by: to   belonging to or characteristic of a person or thing  
7    prenominal     (Brit)  
informal   (intensifier)  
I felt a proper fool     
8    usually postpositive   (of heraldic colours) considered correct for the natural colour of the object or emblem depicted  
three martlets proper     
9      (Maths, logic)   (of a relation) distinguished from a weaker relation by excluding the case where the relata are identical. For example, every set is a subset of itself, but a proper subset must exclude at least one member of the containing set  
   See also       strict       6  
10    Archaic   pleasant or good  
11      (Brit)  
dialect   (intensifier)  
he's proper stupid     
12    good and proper  
Informal   thoroughly  
to get drunk good and proper     
13    the parts of the Mass that vary according to the particular day or feast on which the Mass is celebrated  
   Compare       ordinary       10  
     (C13: via Old French from Latin proprius special)  
  properly      adv  
  properness      n  

proper fraction  
      n   a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as ½ or x/(3 + x2)  
proper motion  
      n   the very small continuous change in the direction of motion of a star relative to the sun. It is determined from its radial and tangential motion  
proper noun   , name  
      n   the name of a person, place, or object, as for example Iceland, Patrick, or Uranus  
   Compare       common noun  
Related adj  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    appropriate, apt, becoming, befitting, fit, fitting, legitimate, meet     (archaic)   right, suitable, suited  
2    comme il faut, decent, decorous, de rigueur, genteel, gentlemanly, ladylike, mannerly, polite, punctilious, refined, respectable, seemly  
3    accepted, accurate, conventional, correct, established, exact, formal, kosher     (informal)   orthodox, precise, right  
4    characteristic, individual, own, particular, peculiar, personal, respective, special, specific  
1, 2, & 3    coarse, common, crude, discourteous, impolite, improper, inappropriate, indecent, rude, unbecoming, unconventional, ungentlemanly, unladylike, unorthodox, unrefined, unseemly, unsuitable, wrong  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
fit and proper means morally suitable
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