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PROPRIETY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does propriety mean? 

PROPRIETY (noun)
  The noun PROPRIETY has 1 sense:

1. correct or appropriate behavior

  Familiarity information: PROPRIETY used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROPRIETY (noun)


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Meaning:

Correct or appropriate behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

correctitude; properness; propriety

Hypernyms ("propriety" is a kind of...):

behavior; behaviour; conduct; demeanor; demeanour; deportment ((behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people)

Attribute:

proper (marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness)

improper (not suitable or right or appropriate)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "propriety"):

decorousness; decorum (propriety in manners and conduct)

appropriateness; rightness (appropriate conduct; doing the right thing)

correctness (the quality of conformity to social expectations)

good form (behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time)

priggishness; primness (exaggerated and arrogant properness)

modesty; reserve (formality and propriety of manner)

grace; seemliness (a sense of propriety and consideration for others)

decency (the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality)

Antonym:

impropriety (an improper demeanor)


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