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Examples of probity in a Sentence
a person of indisputable probity must head the disciplinary panel
the defense attorney questioned the probity of the witness
Recent Examples of probity from the Web
The sudden emergence of an aggressive anticorruption agency is unhelpful to her pitch, which is aimed at such countries as China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, not exactly models of financial probity.
Yet Republicans continue to be regarded as the party of probity.
And perhaps the massive deficit-expanding GOP tax bill is too fresh a memory for Republicans to risk derisive guffaws by pretending to care about fiscal probity.
Some try to project themselves as energetic and compassionate, others as wise and possessed of probity.
The idea has support that extends well beyond those fixated on fiscal probity.
The prime minister has armed India’s tax inspectors—not exactly famous for their probity—with draconian powers of search and seizure, and sharply curbed citizens’ ability to appeal against arbitrary decisions.
After suffering a historic default, Argentina may end up being a model of financial probity.
See also: Muslims, LGBT people, and really anyone else who falls short of the narrow standards of patriotism and probity espoused by conservative evangelicals.
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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.
beguilement, craftiness, cunning, cunningness, furtiveness, guile, indirection, insidiousness, oiliness, perfidy, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, smoothness, treacherousness, trickery, underhandedness, unscrupulousness, wiliness;
Synonym Discussion of probity
PROBITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of probity for English Language Learners
: the quality of a person who is completely honest
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