- propriety: see proper
- 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.
- 1. In male company, perhaps he did overstep the bounds of propriety.
- 2. His marriage and family life is a model of propriety.
- 3. Nobody questioned the propriety of her being there alone.
- 4. We hesitated at the propriety of the method.
- 5. The sensitive matter was handled with great propriety.
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