Part of speech: noun

Becomingness; fitness; correctness.

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Usage examples "propriety":

  1. It would be out of all propriety to expect a camel to climb a precipice; fortunately at a few yards further a turn of the glen showed Alec a place on the southern bank where a lot of rocks had fallen down. - "Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1", Ernest Giles.
  2. With the same propriety we might use sleep for lodge, and eat for feed, or supply with food; as, " We can eat and sleep fifty persons at one time." - "Slips of Speech", John H. Bechtel.
  3. Now, when a host questions the propriety of a guest remaining under his roof, the guest is obliged to go. - "Phineas Redux", Anthony Trollope.