propriety

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 propriety — [n1] suitableness, appropriateness accordance, advisability, agreeableness, appositeness, aptness, becomingness, compatibility, concord, congruity, consonance, convenience, correctness, correspondence, decorum, ethicality, expedience, fitness,… …

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  • 3 propriety — I (appropriateness) noun accordance, adaptation, admissibility, advisability, agreeableness, applicability, aptitude, aptness, becomingness, compatibility, conformity, congruity, consonance, correspondence, dueness, equity, expedience, expediency …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 propriety — mid 15c., proper character, disposition, from O.Fr. proprieté (12c.), from L. proprietatem (nom. proprietas) appropriateness, also ownership (see PROPERTY (Cf. property)). Meaning fitness, appropriateness is attested from 1610s; sense of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 propriety — *decorum, decency, etiquette, dignity Analogous words: grace, *elegance, dignity: *form, usage, convention, convenance …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 propriety — ► NOUN (pl. proprieties) 1) correctness of behaviour or morals. 2) appropriateness; rightness. 3) (proprieties) the details or rules of conventionally accepted behaviour. ORIGIN originally in the sense «peculiarity, essential quality»: from Latin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 propriety — [prə prī′ə tē, prōprī′ə tē] n. pl. proprieties [ME propriete < OFr proprieté: see PROPERTY] 1. the quality of being proper, fitting, or suitable; fitness 2. conformity with what is proper or fitting 3. conformity with accepted standards of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 propriety — pro|pri|e|ty [prəˈpraıəti] n formal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: propriété property, quality , from Latin proprietas; PROPERTY] 1.) [singular,U] correctness of social or moral behaviour ≠ ↑impropriety propriety of ▪ They discussed the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 propriety — noun /prəˈpraɪɪti/ a) correctness in behaviour and morals Elinor then ventured to doubt the propriety of her receiving such a present from a man so little, or at least so lately known to her. b) fitness; the quality of being appropriate Now, if… …

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  • 10 propriety — As used in Massachusetts colonial ordinance of 1741 term is nearly, if not precisely, equivalent to property. In old English law, property; propriety in action; propriety in possession; mixed propriety …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 11 propriety — n. conformity with accepted standards of behavior to doubt the propriety of smt. * * * [prə praɪətɪ] [ conformity with accepted standards of behavior ] to doubt the propriety of smt …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 propriety — [[t]prəpra͟ɪɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Propriety is the quality of being socially or morally acceptable. [FORMAL] Their sense of social propriety is eroded. Ant: impropriety …

    English dictionary

  • 13 propriety — n. (pl. ies) 1 fitness; rightness (doubt the propriety of refusing him). 2 correctness of behaviour or morals (highest standards of propriety). 3 (in pl.) the details or rules of correct conduct (must observe the proprieties). Etymology: ME, =… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 14 propriety — See decorum. See decorum, propriety …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 propriety — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. decorum, conventionality, suitability; aptness, fitness; fastidiousness, becomingness, delicacy, decorum, seemliness; prudery. See agreement, expedience, fashion. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Suitability]… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 propriety — pro|pri|e|ty [ prə praıəti ] noun singular or uncount FORMAL behavior that follows accepted social or moral standards: She doubted the propriety of letting him buy her presents. the proprieties the rules of social behavior that most people accept …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 propriety — noun formal 1 (singular, uncountable) correctness of social or moral behaviour, especially between men and women or between people of different social ranks, age etc: Jonathan behaved with the utmost propriety on our first date. 2 the proprieties …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 propriety — noun 1) she behaves with the utmost propriety Syn: decorum, respectability, decency, correctness, protocol, appropriateness, suitability, good manners, courtesy, politeness, rectitude, morality, civility, modesty, demureness; sobriety …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 propriety — UK [prəˈpraɪətɪ] / US noun [singular/uncountable] formal behaviour that follows accepted social or moral standards She doubted the propriety of letting him buy her presents. • the proprieties …

    English dictionary

  • 20 propriety — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English propriete, from Anglo French proprieté, propreté property, quality of a person or thing more at property Date: 14th century 1. obsolete true nature 2. obsolete a special characteristic ; peculiarity …

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