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properly

adverb  /ˈprɑp·ər·li/ us  

properly adverb (SUITABLY)

in a way that is right for a particular situation; suitably: If the plants are tended properly, they’ll thrive in this climate.

properly adverb (CORRECTLY)

in a way that is considered to be correct; correctly: To learn to speak a language properly, you have to live in the country where that language is spoken.

properly adverb (ACCEPTABLY)

in a way that follows socially acceptable standards: I expect you to behave properly at the restaurant.
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