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Saturday, January 29, 2000

Definitions for probity

  1. integrity and uprightness; honesty.

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Citations for probity
…in Judge Dukinfield we believed that Old Anse had chosen the one man among us with sufficient probity and honor and good sense--that sort of probity and honor which has never had time to become confused and self-doubting with too much learning in the law. William Faulkner, "Smoke," Knight's Gambit, 1949
…nothing can support credit, be it public or private, but honesty; a punctual dealing, a general probity in every transaction. Daniel Defoe, The Complete English Tradesman, 1726
Origin of probity
Probity came to English in the 1500s and finds its roots in the Latin probus meaning "upright."
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