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prŏpĕrus, a, um, adj. [root par-, to make; whence parare, parĕre], quick, speedy, hastening (mostly poet. and in postAug. prose): properam pro celeri ac strenuā dixisse antiquos, testimonio est Cato, Fest. p. 253 Müll.: properi aurigae, Verg. A. 12, 85: Telamon, Ov. M. 7, 647: pede, Cat. 62, 34: gressus, Val. Fl. 4, 176: spe ac juventā properus, Tac. H. 4, 68: agmen, id. ib. 4, 79: sibi quisque properus, each one hastening for himself, Tac. A. 1, 65.—With gen. (Tacitean): Agrippina oblatae occasionis propera, quickly seizing the proffered occasion, Tac. A. 12, 66: irae, id. ib. 11, 26: vindictae, id. ib. 14, 7.—With inf. (Tacitean): quoquo facinore properus clarescere, Tac. A. 4, 52.—Hence, adv., in two forms.

A. prŏpĕrē, hastily, in haste, quickly, speedily: ut propere tonuit! Plaut. Am. 5, 1, 10: propere sequere me, id. Aul. 2, 2, 86; Sall. J. 91, 4: egredere, Nep. Epam. 4, 3: propere Cumas se recepit, Liv. 23, 36: naves onerare, Sall. J. 86, 1; cf. Hor. C. 3, 19, 9: propere propero, Plaut. Aul. 2, 8, 23: propere, cito introite, et cito deproperate, id. Cas. 3, 6, 17: propere, celeriter eloquere, id. Rud. 5, 2, 36: argentum propere propera vomere, id. Curc. 5, 3, 10; cf. id. Stich. 2, 2, 13: fac te propere celerem, id. Trin. 4, 3, 1.—

B. prŏpĕrĭter, hastily, quickly (ante- and post-class.): classem in altum properiter deducere, Pac. ap. Non. 155, 6: navem in fugam tradunt, Att. ap. Non. 155. 8; App. M. 6, p. 184, 8; 7, p. 198, 33; Aus. Parent. 27.