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propriety

[pruh-prahy-i-tee] /prəˈpraɪ ɪ ti/
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 of propriety
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Related forms
nonpropriety, noun, plural nonproprieties.
Can be confused
probity, propriety.
Synonyms
1. decency, modesty. See etiquette. 2. aptness, fitness, seemliness. 3. correctness.
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propriety

/prəˈpraɪətɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or state of being appropriate or fitting
2.
conformity to the prevailing standard of behaviour, speech, etc
3.
(pl) the proprieties, the standards of behaviour considered correct by polite society
Word Origin
C15: from Old French propriété, from Latin proprietās a peculiarity, from proprius one's own
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Word Origin and History for propriety
n.

mid-15c., "proper character, disposition," from Old French proprieté "individuality, peculiarity; property" (12c.), from Latin proprietatem (nominative proprietas) "appropriateness," also "ownership" (see property). Meaning "fitness, appropriateness" is attested from 1610s; sense of "conformity to good manners" is from 1782.

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