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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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  • Circling the lawn was a high red brick wall, dressed in a seemly way with slowly burning ivy.
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British Dictionary definitions for seemly

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 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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