comme il faut


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comme il faut

 (kŭm′ ēl fō′)
adj.
Being in accord with conventions or accepted standards; proper.

[French : comme, as + il faut, it is necessary, proper.]

comme il faut

(kɔm il fo)
correct or correctly

comme il faut

(kɔ mil ˈfoʊ)

adj. French.
as it should be; proper.

comme il faut

A French phrase meaning how it should be, used to describe something that is done in the correct or fashionable way.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.comme il faut - according with custom or propriety; "her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

comme il faut

adjective
References in classic literature ?
"Women who are comme il faut, that's a different matter; but the Kuragins' set of women,
'Bracebridge Hall', though I read it devoutly, and with a full sense that it would be very 'comme il faut' to like it.
THEY could scarcely be called comme il faut, at all; though, to own the truth, I am afraid there is tant soit peu de vulgarity about all WORKED pocket-handkerchiefs.
Russians, when abroad, are over-apt to play the poltroon, to watch all their words, and to wonder what people are thinking of their conduct, or whether such and such a thing is 'comme il faut.' In short, they are over-apt to cosset themselves, and to lay claim to great importance.
"Our house is very far from the center, but the little canal is very comme il faut."
"He is very comme il faut, my papa," said Mademoiselle Noemie, "and as honest as the day.
Comme il faut, is the Frenchman's description of good Society: as we must be.
Eviter les anti-inflammatoires et paracetamol, comme il faut etre tres vigilant concernant les decoctions traditionnelles a base d'herbe et autres plantes dites medicinales.
By this point, it is arguably obvious that "disinformation" and "cyber attacks" are not even serious allegations, just code phrases -- comme il faut for western politics.
"Il est ncessaire, aujourd'hui, de restituer les prrogatives l'lu local et de mettre fin l'intervention de l'administration pour lui permettre d'assumer comme il faut ses missions et de maniAaAaAeA conforme aux aspirations des citoyens", a-t-il insist.