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properly Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb in the right manner
    right; decent; in good order; decently; the right way.
    • please do your job properly!
    • can't you carry me decent?
  2. adverb with reason or justice
    by rights.

Prop"er*ly adverb
  1. In a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly; as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted. Milton.
  2. Individually; after one's own manner. Obs.
    Now, harkeneth, how I bare me properly. Chaucer.

Webster 1913