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[proh-bi-tee, prob-i-] /ˈproʊ bɪ ti, ˈprɒb ɪ-/
integrity and uprightness; honesty.
Origin of probity
1505-15; < Latin probitās uprightness, equivalent to prob(us) upright + -itās -ity
Can be confused
probity, propriety.
dishonesty. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet once on the trail, so to speak, he is probity personified.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • To men of your intelligence and probity, these admonitions are, perhaps, unnecessary.

  • The faithful driver, who had given such proofs of probity, continued to be of great service, and was put in perpetual requisition.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • He was touched by this easy and, as it were, natural display of probity.

  • I went to the comptroller, and trusting in his probity I explained my scheme to him.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • And yet it first arouses our suspicion of the probity and reality of Gorki's types.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • However I might be disposed to trust his probity, I dare not trust his prejudices.

  • In a few years his unprincipled wife warped the probity of a lifetime.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for probity


confirmed integrity; uprightness
Word Origin
C16: from Latin probitās honesty, from probus virtuous
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Word Origin and History for probity

early 15c., from Middle French probité, from Latin probitatem (nominative probitas) "uprightness, honesty," from probus "worthy, good" (see prove).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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