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seemly

[seem-lee] /ˈsim li/
adjective, seemlier, seemliest.
1.
fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous:
Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly.
2.
suitable or appropriate; fitting:
a seemly gesture.
3.
of pleasing appearance; handsome.
adverb
4.
in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English semely < Old Norse sæmiligr honorable; derivative of sœmr (see seem)
Related forms
seemliness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. right, proper, appropriate, meet.
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British Dictionary definitions for seemliness

seemly

/ˈsiːmlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
proper or fitting
2.
(obsolete) pleasing or handsome in appearance
adverb
3.
(archaic) properly or decorously
Derived Forms
seemliness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse sœomiligr, from sœmr befitting
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Word Origin and History for seemliness

seemly

adj.

"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."

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