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

propriety

noun
     
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.
2

the proprieties

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

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