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
As Lily, Taylor-Joy makes an apt foil, dropping her veneer of propriety to become a formidable and manipulative presence of her own.
More than five years since that screed, the Supreme Court could soon get a chance to judge the propriety, if not the legality, of Trump’s decision last September to pull the plug on DACA.
At least superficially, Japanese culture is based on respect and observation of intricate social proprieties.
For this year's Oscars, his choice reflects a sense of propriety and his own take on current trends.
Many are struggling to decipher where the bounds of propriety lie (handshake or kiss?).
Still, the propriety of spending such money on what largely amounts to an ad for an office holder has long been questioned, leading to efforts to curtail the practice in recent decades.
Ralph in Ohio Dear Ralph: Is saving the money more important to you than privacy and propriety?
This conversation is reflected in the many impassioned debates over the meaning and propriety of Confederate memorials in our midst.
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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
: 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
- He went beyond the bounds of propriety.
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