propriety

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Etymology[edit]

Late Middle English propriete (ownership), from Anglo-Norman proprietie, Middle French proprieté, from Latin proprietās. Compare property.

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Noun[edit]

propriety (plural proprieties)

  1. (obsolete) The particular character or essence of someone or something; individuality. [14th-19th c.]
  2. (obsolete) A characteristic; an attribute. [14th-19th c.]
  3. (now rare) A piece of land owned by someone; someone's property. [from 15th c.]
  4. (obsolete) More generally, something owned by someone; a possession. [15th-18th c.]
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
      I was fearful of giving You a very sensible Disgust, in making You seem the Propriety of one Man, when You know Yourself ordained for the Comfort and Refreshment of Multitudes.
  5. The fact of possessing something; ownership. [from 15th c.]
  6. (now rare) Correct language or pronunciation. [from 16th c.]
  7. Suitability, fitness; the quality of being appropriate. [from 17th c.]
  8. Correctness in behaviour and morals; good manners, seemliness. [from 18th c.]

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