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propriety

pro·pri·e·ty

propriety

 
 
pronunciation:
pr praI ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: proprieties
definition 1: proper or appropriate behavior.
Her telling of that tasteless joke at the dinner table showed a lack of propriety in the eyes of some of the other guests.
synonyms:
decency, decorum, manners, modesty, taste
antonyms:
impropriety, indecorum
similar words:
appropriateness, civility, courtesy, delicacy, form, grace, politeness, politesse, principle, refinement, seemliness
definition 2: (pl.) the accepted polite customs and manners of society (usu. prec. by the).
synonyms:
etiquette, manners, mores
similar words:
amenities, custom, decencies, decorum, form, formalities, morality, protocol, tradition
definition 3: the quality of being suited to the circumstances.
synonyms:
appropriateness, seemliness
similar words:
decorum, principles