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