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[proh-bi-tee, prob-i-]
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  1. integrity and uprightness; honesty.
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Origin of probity

1505–15; < Latin probitās uprightness, equivalent to prob(us) upright + -itās -ity
Can be confusedprobity propriety


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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for probity


  1. confirmed integrity; uprightness
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin probitās honesty, from probus virtuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

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