Propriety Pro*pri"e*ty, n.; pl. {Proprieties}. [F. propri['e]t['e], L. proprietas, fr. proprius one's own, proper. See {Property}, {Proper}.] 1. Individual right to hold property; ownership by personal title; property. [Obs.] ``Onles this propriety be exiled.'' --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

So are the proprieties of a wife to be disposed of by her lord, and yet all are for her provisions, it being a part of his need to refresh and supply hers. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is proper or peculiar; an inherent property or quality; peculiarity. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

We find no mention hereof in ancient zo["o]graphers, . . . who seldom forget proprieties of such a nature. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

3. The quality or state of being proper; suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; appropriateness; as, propriety of behavior, language, manners, etc. ``The rule of propriety,'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]

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