- fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous: Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly.
- suitable or appropriate; fitting: a seemly gesture.
- of pleasing appearance; handsome.
- in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.
Origin of seemly
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Examples from the Web for seemliness
Seemliness is conduct which befits one's character and standards.
Seemliness is a light, remote, and less important form of propriety.
But he is a great lord, and in seemliness he asks for a lie, and that which he asks is given to him—in seemliness.Judith
Mezura, seemliness, is contrasted with dezmezura, licentiousness.The Evolution of Love
All man's seemliness and affection for the natural things of earth were absent.Henry Brocken
Walter J. de la Mare
- proper or fitting
- obsolete pleasing or handsome in appearance
- archaic properly or decorously
Word Origin and History for seemliness
"of pleasing or good appearance," also "proper, tasteful, decorous," early 13c., semlich, from Old Norse soemiligr "becoming, honorable," from soemr (see seem). Related: Seemliness. Cf. Old Norse soemleitr "fine to look at."