propriety

[pruh-prahy-i-tee]
noun, plural proprieties.
1.
conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners.
2.
appropriateness to the purpose or circumstances; suitability.
3.
rightness or justness.
4.
the proprieties, the conventional standards of proper behavior; manners: to observe the proprieties.
5.
Obsolete. a property.
6.
Obsolete. a peculiarity or characteristic of something.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English propriete ownership, something owned, one's own nature (compare variant proprete property) < Middle French propriété < Latin proprietās peculiarity, ownership, equivalent to propri(us) proper + -etās, variant, after vowels, of -itās -ity

nonpropriety, noun, plural nonproprieties.

probity, propriety.


1. decency, modesty. See etiquette. 2. aptness, fitness, seemliness. 3. correctness.
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propriety (prəˈpraɪətɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the quality or state of being appropriate or fitting
2.  conformity to the prevailing standard of behaviour, speech, etc
3.  (plural) the proprieties the standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society
 
[C15: from Old French propriété, from Latin proprietās a peculiarity, from proprius one's own]

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propriety
1456, "proper character, disposition," from O.Fr. proprieté (12c.), from L. proprietatem (nom. proprietas) "appropriateness," also "ownership" (see property). Meaning "fitness, appropriateness" is attested from 1615; sense of "conformity to good manners" is from 1782.
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Example sentences
By then a raucous debate over the propriety of reporting on candidates'
  personal lives had already begun.
Acquired notions of propriety are stronger than natural instincts.
And this species may with propriety be called the cutting off of infinity.
Propriety and understatement characterize the quiet enclave bordering midtown.
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