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Definitions for propriety
prəˈpraɪ ɪ tipro·pri·ety

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propriety, properness, correctitudenoun

    correct or appropriate behavior


  1. proprietynoun

    correctness in behaviour and morals

  2. proprietynoun

    fitness; the quality of being appropriate

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROPRIETYnoun

    Etymology: proprieté, Fr. proprietas, Lat.

    You that have promis’d to yourselves propriety in love,
    Know womens hearts like straws do move. John Suckling.

    Benefit of peace, and vacation for piety, render it necessary by laws to secure propriety. Henry Hammond.

    Hail wedded love! mysterious law, true source
    Of human offspring, sole propriety
    In Paradise! of all things common else. John Milton.

    They secure propriety and peace. Dryden.

    To that we owe not only the safety of our persons and the propriety of our possessions, but our improvement in the several arts. Francis Atterbury.

    Common use, that is the rule of propriety, affords some aid to settle the signification of language. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proprietynoun

    individual right to hold property; ownership by personal title; property

  2. Proprietynoun

    that which is proper or peculiar; an inherent property or quality; peculiarity

  3. Proprietynoun

    the quality or state of being proper; suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; appropriateness; as, propriety of behavior, language, manners, etc

  4. Etymology: [F. proprit, L. proprietas, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See Property, Proper.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Propriety

    prō-prī′e-ti, n. a person's right of possession: state of being proper or right: agreement with established principles or customs: fitness: accuracy: property: (obs.) individuality.—The proprieties, conventional customs of society. [Fr.,—L. proprietasproprius, one's own.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propriety in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propriety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of propriety in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Pash:

    Today's decision powerfully underscores the fairness and propriety of this historic settlement.

  2. Rick Hess:

    If I'm a conservative who is uncomfortable about race-based preferences, the argument for race-based preferences that Harvard University is making -- that Harvard University has so much integrity and Harvard University is so careful that we can trust them to dance in gray areas of constitutional propriety because they exercise great discretion -- takes a huge blow.

  3. Paul Matey:

    It's important to make clear for the record that I had no knowledge, involvement or participation in any of those events, we certainly took steps to ensure at all times that the highest standards of propriety, ethics and legality were followed in the office. Regrettably, that did not appear to happen in this case.

  4. Cervantes:

    Poesy is a beauteous damsel, chaste, honourable, discreet, witty, retired, and who keeps herself within the limits of propriety. She is a friend of solitude; fountains entertain her, meadows console her, woods free her from ennui, flowers delight her; in short, she gives pleasure and instruction to all with whom she communicates.

  5. Jonathan Swift:

    A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. aspiration
    • B. disguise
    • C. confectionery
    • D. match

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