Propriety is the quality of being appropriate, suitable or following the proper custom.
An example of propriety is returning the rsvp card in response to a wedding invitation.
- the quality of being proper, fitting, or suitable; fitness
- conformity with what is proper or fitting
- conformity with accepted standards of proper manners or behavior
- peculiar or proper nature or state
- a peculiarity
- Obs. private property
Origin of proprietyMiddle English propriete ; from Old French proprieté: see property
accepted standards of behavior in polite society
- a. Conformity to conventional standards of behavior or morality.b. proprieties Socially correct usages or behaviors.
- The quality of being proper; appropriateness.
Origin of proprietyMiddle English propriete, particular character, ownership, from Old French; see property.
- (now rare) A piece of land owned by someone; someone's property. [from 15th c.]
- The fact of possessing something; ownership. [from 15th c.]
- (now rare) Correct language or pronunciation. [from 16th c.]
- Suitability, fitness; the quality of being appropriate. [from 17th c.]
- Correctness in behaviour and morals; good manners, seemliness. [from 18th c.]