# proper divisor

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## proper divisor

[¦präp·ər di′vīz·ər]
(mathematics)
A proper divisor of a positive integer n is any divisor other than 1 and n.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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