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probity

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noun pro·bi·ty \ˈprō-bə-tē\

Simple Definition of probity

  • : the quality of a person who is completely honest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of probity

  1. :  adherence to the highest principles and ideals :  uprightness

Examples of probity in a sentence

  1. <a person of indisputable probity must head the disciplinary panel>

  2. <the defense attorney questioned the probity of the witness>



Did You Know?

Probity and its synonyms honesty, honor, and integrity all mean uprightness of character or action, with some slight differences in emphasis. Honesty implies a refusal to lie or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. Integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. Probity, which descends from Latin probus, meaning "honest," implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

Origin and Etymology of probity

Middle English probite, from Latin probitat-, probitas, from probus honest — more at prove


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of probity

honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.


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