# proper fraction

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## proper fraction

a fraction in which the numerator has a lower absolute value than the denominator, as ½ or

*x*/(3 +*x*^{2})Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

## proper fraction

[′präp·ər ′frak·shən] (mathematics)

A fraction

*a/b*where the absolute value of*a*is less than the absolute value of*b*.The quotient of two polynomials in which the degree of the numerator is less than the degree of the denominator.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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