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Definition of propriety noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] moral and social behavior that is considered to be correct and acceptable Nobody questioned the propriety of her being there alone. opposite impropriety
  2. 2the proprieties [plural] the rules of correct behavior synonym etiquette They were careful to observe the proprieties. The company had acted in accordance with all legal proprieties.
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