Examples of propriety in a Sentence
- If Madison felt the same annoyance with the dissenters, his prim sense of political propriety forbade him from stooping to personal attacks. —Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings … , 1996
- His austere and basically humble personality imposes a curious damp propriety upon his memorial. —John Updike, New Yorker, 1 July 1991
- In contemporary America the appearance of prosperity is all too often taken as a sign of propriety. —Jack Beatty, Atlantic, December 1989
She conducted herself with propriety.
They debated the propriety of the punishment that he was given.
When attending a wedding, there are certain proprieties that must be observed.
Recent Examples of propriety from the Web
Former First Lady Michelle Obama endured her share of public punches over eight years, with pearl-clutchers crowing about propriety because—horror of horrors—the woman wasn't shy about exposing her arms and legs in sleeveless tops and shorts.
Highlands paid Fowler's consulting firm $13,000 in October before canceling the contract when the school principal questioned its propriety.
But back in Victorian times, the gravity of propriety went much deeper than knowing the proper etiquette for shaking hands or which fork to use during the dessert course.
The historian Ellen Gruber Garvey suggests a second possible reason: propriety already allowed unmarried women to ride horses unchaperoned.
Saturday’s surreal disregard for propriety won’t dent Mickelson’s popularity — not after his tone-deaf comments about taxes and an investigation into insider trading.
The roads are narrow, the mountains tall, the city a strange mix of English propriety and Chinese grit.
Although some commentators had feared the Catholic theme might yield the most controversial Met Gala ever, most of the actors, models and music stars stayed on the right side of propriety in colors of red, white, gold and black.
That information usually isn't in the exhibit file, since the file's purpose is to help the Board determine the propriety of its jurisdiction over the patient and other conditions.
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Did You Know?
In an earlier era, when social manners were far more elaborate than they are today, propriety and impropriety were words in constant use. Today we're more likely to use them in other contexts. We may talk about the propriety of government officials' dealings with private citizens, the propriety of the relationship between a lawyer and a judge, or the impropriety of speaking out of turn in a meeting that follows Robert's rules of order. Relations between men and women still present questions of propriety, but today it's often in the workplace rather than in social settings. Wherever rules, principles, and standard procedures have been clearly stated, propriety can become an issue. Something improper usually isn't actually illegal, but it makes people uncomfortable by giving the impression that something isn't quite right.
PROPRIETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propriety for English Language Learners
: behavior that is accepted as socially or morally correct and proper
: the state or quality of being correct and proper
proprieties : rules of correct social behavior
PROPRIETY Defined for Kids
Definition of propriety for Students
- He went beyond the bounds of propriety.
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