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proper function

noun, Mathematics.
Origin of proper function
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The proper function of a work upon this scale is to draw a picture of the man.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • Thought is a tool, with its own proper function: it isn't a toy.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • It is the proper function of the government of a community to support so important a thing as a nursery of Apprentice Citizenship.

    That Last Waif Horace Fletcher
  • He must fulfil his proper function even when he does not know it.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • The question is not what effect pictures may have had on certain people, but what the proper function of Art is.

  • Neither of these faculties can exchange its proper function.

  • He sanctifies each member in the fulfillment of its proper function.

    With God in the World Charles H. Brent
  • His proper function is shown to be that of a magnifying glass for Kant.

    The Basis of Morality Arthur Schopenhauer
  • As relation words, introducing phrases,—the most common use, in which the words have their own proper function.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

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