# proper fraction

- a fraction having the numerator less, or lower in degree, than the denominator.

## Origin of proper fraction^{}

First recorded in 1665–75

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# proper fraction

- a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as 1/2 or x /(3 + x ²)

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# proper fraction

[prŏp′ər]

- A fraction in which the numerator is less than the denominator, such as 12. Compare improper fraction.

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