probity

noun
pro·​bi·​ty | \ ˈprō-bə-tē How to pronounce probity (audio) \

Definition of probity

: adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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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.

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 on the Web Inundating election offices with nuisance paperwork won’t ensure the probity of November’s election. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 The Lyon-Turin route now under construction, controversial because of environmental impact and questions over financial probity, will add a fast link under the Savoy Alps between France's second city and the industrial cities of northern Italy. Ben Jones, CNN, 6 July 2022 Rather than debating the merits of such views, the A.A.F. questioned Bloom Raskin’s probity. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2022 The Covid mass hysteria, now downgraded to a hypnosis bewitching neurotics and power freaks, counts among its casualties such virtues as restraint and probity. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 19 Feb. 2022 One contender for the presidency who has won a reputation internationally over the years for competence and probity is the current prime minister, Mario Draghi. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, 19 Jan. 2022 As Biden’s attempt to enact his domestic agenda drags on, his plunging approval numbers suggest that showmanship, for now, is outperforming probity. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 Garland seems to be counting on a belief that most Americans, exhausted by the Trump years, will welcome his neutrality, probity, and reticence. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 Her blunt, understated way of talking about incomprehensible data gives her an air of probity. The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of probity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for probity

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

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“Probity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probity. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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