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seemly

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adjective seem·ly \ˈsēm-lē\

Simple Definition of seemly

  • : proper or appropriate for the situation

Full Definition of seemly

seem·li·erseem·li·est

  1. 1a :  good-looking, handsomeb :  agreeably fashioned :  attractive

  2. 2 :  conventionally proper :  decorous <not seemly to brag about oneself>

  3. 3 :  suited to the occasion, purpose, or person :  fit

seem·li·ness noun
seemly adverb

Examples of seemly

  1. <it would not be seemly to use the memorial service as a forum for your political views>

  2. <a young man of seemly appearance, robust health, and keen intelligence>



Origin of seemly

Middle English semely, from Old Norse sœmiligr, from sœmr fitting


First Known Use: 13th century



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