View synonyms for properly


[ prop-er-lee ]


  1. in a way that is appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; suitably:

    Students should ensure that a current valid parking permit is properly displayed on their vehicle.

  2. correctly:

    His recent statement gave the wrong impression and does not properly reflect where he stands on the issue.

  3. in a way that conforms to established standards of behavior or manners:

    They usually dress very properly, but sometimes a bit daringly, hoping to start the latest new trend.

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  • un·prop·er·ly adverb

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Simply select your state from the drop-down menu and it’ll take you to the proper page.

Now, with the “Top Stories” becoming available to non-AMP pages, there’s virtually no reason to jeopardize the users’ security for speed gains you could get by proper optimization.

At least two relatives got sick after being denied the proper protective gear.

If they can store the sample in a proper container and send pictures and data to NASA to prove the sample has been collected and can be brought to Earth safely, NASA will pay that company between $15,000 and $25,000.

Once you’re on your state’s domain, simply follow the directions and fill in the proper fields to find out if you’re on the voter rolls.

I wouldn't, but I also wouldn't be surprised if Patriots fans didn't properly comprehend the mechanics of sex, either.

Had they been properly trained, they could and should have flown themselves safely out of the emergency.

Apparently, the company “failed to properly test its systems.”

But the phrase “made it” does not properly describe Pomplamoose.

At 5:00 a.m. the clubs get going properly; the Forbes stumble down from their loggias, grinning and swaying tipsily.

If properly dried and pressed, it is possible to preserve the Fern fronds with a great deal of their natural colour.

She had been properly dressed for the occasion in black tulle and black silk tights.

But Mill might have said the same thing about the price of a music box, provided it was properly patented, anywhere at all.

The petition must be signed and properly verified, and may be afterward amended for cause in the interest of justice.

No society is properly organized until every child that is born into it shall have an opportunity in life.


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