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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
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  • Sieur Clubin was a widower; his wife, like himself, had enjoyed a high reputation for probity.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • They put an inscription on her tomb praising her fidelity and probity.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Men of probity were employed by the Government as its financial agents.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • On the contrary, he is a gentleman of probity, and of the first respectability.

  • Public life was then not only a possible but even the most natural career for a man of talent and probity.

  • And if you are looking for probity, the difficulty increases.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • Only the expenses of his wife's long illness had caused him to deviate from the path of probity.

  • But when probity fails, a little ingenuity and artifice will do quite as well.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
British Dictionary definitions for probity


confirmed integrity; uprightness
Word Origin
C16: from Latin probitās honesty, from probus virtuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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