Definition of probity
: adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness
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>
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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
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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