adjective, seem·li·er, seem·li·est.
Origin of seemly
Examples from the Web for seemliness
This question of seemliness, too, must be considered carefully ere we add a single plate to any volume.The Book-Hunter at Home|P. B. M. Allan
He had had no thought for her, no care save that the seemliness of his own absorbed life might not be disturbed.A Lost Leader|E. Phillips Oppenheim
In the Middle Ages very great attention was given to seemliness in the private conduct of individuals.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
All man's seemliness and affection for the natural things of earth were absent.Henry Brocken|Walter J. de la Mare
It is assuredly not a question to which any neutral visitor can with seemliness hazard a solution.
British Dictionary definitions for seemliness
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for seemly
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."