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Definition of Propriety

Propriety

  1. Individual right to hold property; ownership by personal title; property.
  2. That which is proper or peculiar; an inherent property or quality; peculiarity.
  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.

Propriety Quotations

I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.
Jane Austen

Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
Horatio Nelson

A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.
Xun Zi

I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.
Maria Mitchell

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
Quintilian
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Propriety Translations

propriety in German is Schicklichkeit
propriety in Latin is decentia

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