pro·pri·e·ty

pro·pri·e·ty
/prəˈprajəti/ noun, pl -ties
formal
1 [noncount] : behavior that is accepted as socially or morally correct and proper

She acted with propriety.

He went beyond the bounds of propriety. [=he acted improperly]

She conducted herself with propriety.

2 [noncount] : the state or quality of being correct and proper

They debated the propriety of the punishment that he was given.

3 proprieties [plural] : rules of correct social behavior

When attending a wedding, there are certain proprieties that must be observed.

the social proprieties


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