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From Middle French probité, from Latin probitās (uprightness, honesty), from probus (good, excellent, honest); see probe, prove.



probity (countable and uncountable, plural probities)

  1. Integrity, especially of the quality of having strong moral principles; decency and honesty.
    Synonyms: godliness, goodness, honour, righteousness, saintliness, uprightness, virtue
    Antonym: wickedness
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of morals, London: Oxford University Press, 1973, § 1,
      … they can but bend our hearts to the love of probity and true honour, …
    • 1819 July 31, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “English Writers on America”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., number II, New York, N.Y.: [] C. S. Van Winkle, [], OCLC 1090970992, page 102:
      [W]hen the interests or reputation of their own nation come into collision with those of another, they go to the opposite extreme, and forget their usual probity and candour, in the indulgence of spleen, and an illiberal spirit of ridicule.

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