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[proh-bi-tee, prob-i-] /ˈproʊ bɪ ti, ˈprɒb ɪ-/
integrity and uprightness; honesty.
Origin of probity
1505-15; < Latin probitās uprightness, equivalent to prob(us) upright + -itās -ity
Can be confused
probity, propriety.
dishonesty. Unabridged
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  • probity officers are employed throughout the process to maintain accountability and fairness.
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  • Singapore is now a model of probity, but in the 1950's it was awash in corruption.
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  • Not many of his probity in academe, apparently.
  • Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes.
  • His reputation is largely inherited from his mother, revered for her probity.
  • The country was hailed worldwide as an exemplar of probity and national consensus.
  • There is no denying that religious faith sometimes moves people to act with extraordinary probity and compassion.
British Dictionary definitions for probity


confirmed integrity; uprightness
Word Origin
C16: from Latin probitās honesty, from probus virtuous
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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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