- conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners.
- appropriateness to the purpose or circumstances; suitability.
- rightness or justness.
- the proprieties, the conventional standards of proper behavior; manners: to observe the proprieties.
- Obsolete. a property.
- Obsolete. a peculiarity or characteristic of something.
Origin of propriety
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Examples from the Web for propriety
In an interview this week, Egeland strongly defended the propriety of delivering aid to unwholesome parts of northern Syria.Why Humanitarians Talk to ISIS
October 24, 2014
Presidents and potential presidents have often been accused of crossing some line of propriety.Yes, Lincoln Would Have Done ‘Between Two Ferns’
March 12, 2014
The Weather Underground, while we certainly crossed lines of propriety and legality, we never killed or injured anybody.Exclusive: Bill Ayers On the Weathermen, Obama’s Crap Job & More
April 3, 2013
Walking up to the edge of propriety and stepping over the line are all a rite of passage to self-definition.Hoodies, Trayvon Martin, and America’s Racial Fears
March 29, 2012
And the Parisian press, undaunted by a U.S. sense of propriety, has tried hard to figure out how attractive she may or may not be.Three Women to Decide IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Sexual-Assault Case
May 17, 2011
But we are disposed to vindicate the propriety of the step he took.
The face of the country cannot with propriety be called hilly.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
But the reception they got departed from tradition and propriety.The Secret Agent
Only this very morning I read her a sermon upon 'Propriety, and the fitness of things.'The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
This was dropped with propriety in conversation with Mr. Montenero.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
- the quality or state of being appropriate or fitting
- conformity to the prevailing standard of behaviour, speech, etc
- the proprieties (plural) the standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society
Word Origin and History for propriety
mid-15c., "proper character, disposition," from Old French proprieté "individuality, peculiarity; property" (12c.), from Latin proprietatem (nominative proprietas) "appropriateness," also "ownership" (see property). Meaning "fitness, appropriateness" is attested from 1610s; sense of "conformity to good manners" is from 1782.