Correctly vs. Properly

Correctly vs. Properly — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Correctly and Properly

Correctlyverb

To make or put right

correct a mistake.correct a misunderstanding.

Properlyadjective

Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting

the proper knife for cutting bread.not a proper moment for a joke.

Correctlyverb

To remove the errors or mistakes from

corrected her previous testimony.

Properlyadjective

Called for by rules or conventions; correct

the proper form for a business letter.

Correctlyverb

To indicate or mark the errors in

correct an exam.

Properlyadjective

Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly

a proper lady.a proper gentleman.

Correctlyverb

To speak to or communicate with (someone) in order to point out a mistake or error.

Properlyadjective

Belonging to one; own

restored to his proper shape by the magician.

Correctlyverb

To scold or punish so as to improve or reform.

Properlyadjective

Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar

an optical effect proper to fluids.

Correctlyverb

To remedy or counteract (a defect, for example)

The new glasses corrected his blurry vision.

Properlyadjective

Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something

the town proper, excluding the suburbs.

Correctlyverb

To adjust so as to meet a required standard or condition

correct the wheel alignment on a car.

Properlyadjective

(Ecclesiastical) For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.

Correctlyverb

To make corrections.

Properlyadjective

(Mathematics) Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.

Correctlyverb

To make adjustments; compensate

correcting for the effects of air resistance.

Properlyadjective

Worthy of the name; true

wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.

Correctlyadjective

Free from error or fault; true or accurate.

Properlyadjective

Out-and-out; thorough

a proper whipping.

Correctlyadjective

Conforming to standards; proper

correct behavior.

Properlyadverb

Thoroughly

beat the eggs good and proper.

Correctlyadverb

In a correct manner.

Properlynoun

The portion of the liturgy that varies according to the particular feast or season of the year.

Correctlyadverb

in a correct manner;

he guessed right

Properlyadverb

in a proper manner, appropriately, suitably; correctly, justifiably

Properlyadverb

(colloquial) Entirely; extremely; thoroughly.

I was properly tired after that party.

Properlyadverb

(obsolete) individually; in one's own manner

Properlyadverb

in the right manner;

please do your job properly!can't you carry me decent?

Properlyadverb

with reason or justice