probity

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

Definition of probity

: adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness

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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 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 Her blunt, understated way of talking about incomprehensible data gives her an air of probity. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 The longest-serving senator in Michigan history — from 1979 to 2015 — Mr. Levin was regarded by Senate colleagues and Washington observers as a paragon of probity as chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2021 The longest-serving senator in Michigan history — from 1979 to 2015 — Mr. Levin was regarded by Senate colleagues and Washington observers as a paragon of probity as the chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. New York Times, 29 July 2021 The nationalist leader known for personal probity planned to give huge tracts of farmland to an Indian guru. Gavin Evans, Quartz, 17 June 2021 Well, the Republicans have rediscovered their commitment to fiscal probity, which happens whenever a Democrat is president. ABC News, 30 May 2021 Bitcoin, whose coding incorporates a news item regarding the global financial crisis, is an affront to the staid world of central banking and a threat to governments’ taxation programmes, and indeed to the probity of financial systems. Mike O'sullivan, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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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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28 Sep 2021

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“Probity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probity. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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probity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of probity

: the quality of a person who is completely honest

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