properness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From proper +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

properness (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Excellence, quality.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.2:
      Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits [...] betook himself to his beads, and by those means got more honour than ever he should have done with the use of his limbs and properness of person [...].
  2. The state or condition of being proper; propriety.
  3. (mathematics) The state or condition of being proper (of a proper fraction, proper subset, etc.).