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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: propriété 'property, quality', from Latin proprietas; PROPERTY


pro‧pri‧e‧ty formal
1 [singular,uncountable] correctness of social or moral behaviour [≠ impropriety]
propriety of
They discussed the propriety of treating ill children against the wishes of the parents.
with propriety
They conducted themselves with propriety.

the proprieties

SS especially British English the accepted rules of correct social behaviour:
strict in observing the proprieties

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