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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

What does "proper" mean here?

China proper, France proper, Russia proper. I can't find the definition of it in dictionaries

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  • 1 month ago
    Best Answer

    6. strictly limited to a specified thing, place, or idea

    // the city proper

    Source(s): Mirriam-Webster
  • 1 month ago

    a name used for an individual person, place, or organization, spelled with an initial capital letter, e.g. Jane, London, and Oxfam.

  • 1 month ago

    It's with out context.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In the case of countries, adding the word "proper" usually means "the main country itself, without thinking about any outside colonies or territories etc".

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  • Adam
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    you would have to give a better example it could mean litterally anything that is the correct way to do something in said country

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It means the country itself without possessions or territories.

  • 1 month ago

    It means within the boundaries of the country, not it's annexations, it's commonwealths, external territories, etc.

  • 1 month ago

    It means the core or central area of the country being talked about, and not outlying regions that the country may have taken over. For instance, "China proper" excludes Tibet, Inner Mongolia, etc., even though those regions are politically ruled by the People's Republic of China.

    You can also make the distinction between, say, "Los Angeles proper" (the actual city) and "the Los angeles metropolitan area" (which would include all the nearby cities as well such as Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Glendale, Pasadena, etc., etc., etc.).

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