What does the word propriety mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Becomingness; fitness; correctness.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Anthony Trollope
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