What does propriety mean?

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proprietynoun

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

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

  2. Proprietynoun

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

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

  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

    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. Confucius:

    Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

  2. 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.

  3. Queen Victoria:

    The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of Woman's Rights with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.

  4. 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?

  5. Jeff Pash:

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

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