Beyond that, it was, for David, more than a game: He took the proper functioning of democracy very seriously.
He maintained he was not given the proper support needed to end it.
Lord Prescott Former deputy prime minister, suing the police after claiming they failed to carry out a proper investigation.
But how can you even think about planning a seaside excursion without the proper swag?
He spoke in a “proper, polite” way he feels a cop should on approaching someone.
Why, it appeared there was not a proper juror in the county!
Many such instances might be adduced if this were the proper occasion.
Vidal was, you see, a great poet and it was not proper to treat a great poet with indifference.
And why may I not think that I am now put upon a proper exercise of it?
Five other children have been sent to their proper institutions.
c.1300, "adapted to some purpose, fit, apt; commendable, excellent" (sometimes ironic), from Old French propre "own, particular; exact, neat, fitting, appropriate" (11c.), from Latin proprius "one's own, particular to itself," from pro privo "for the individual, in particular," from ablative of privus "one's own, individual" (see private (adj.)) + pro "for" (see pro-). Related: Properly.
From early 14c. as "belonging or pertaining to oneself; individual; intrinsic;" from mid-14c. as "pertaining to a person or thing in particular, special, specific; distinctive, characteristic;" also "what is by the rules, correct, appropriate, acceptable." From early 15c. as "separate, distinct; itself." Meaning "socially appropriate, decent, respectable" is first recorded 1704. Proper name "name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question," is from late 13c., a sense also preserved in astronomical proper motion (c.1300). Proper noun is from c.1500.