noun, plural pro·pri·e·ties.
- proprio motu,
- proprioceptive mechanism
Origin of propriety
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.
Presidents and potential presidents have often been accused of crossing some line of propriety.
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|Marlow Stern|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Robin Givhan|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Christopher Dickey|May 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The latter are very much shocked at the want of propriety in the management of the English.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
The word church cannot be used with propriety here, for the place was anything but that.The Cathedral Towns and Intervening Places of England, Ireland and Scotland:|Thomas W. Silloway
Mr. McDowell vindicated the propriety of taking the previous question.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Mr. Ghorum supported the propriety of establishing numbers as the rule.
Margaret noticed his reluctance to go contending with a sense of what he owed to propriety.The Mark Of Cain|Andrew Lang
noun plural -ties
Word Origin 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.