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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n propriety correct or appropriate behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Propriety Individual right to hold property; ownership by personal title; property. "Onles this propriety be exiled.""So are the proprieties of a wife to be disposed of by her lord, and yet all are for her provisions, it being a part of his need to refresh and supply hers."
    • Propriety That which is proper or peculiar; an inherent property or quality; peculiarity. "We find no mention hereof in ancient zoögraphers, . . . who seldom forget proprieties of such a nature."
    • Propriety The quality or state of being proper; suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; appropriateness; as, propriety of behavior, language, manners, etc. "The rule of propriety, "
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n propriety Peculiar or exclusive right of possession; ownership; possession; property.
    • n propriety That which is proper or peculiar; property; peculiarity.
    • n propriety An estate; a holding.
    • n propriety Suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; justness; correctness.
    • n propriety Individuality; particular or proper state.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Propriety prō-prī′e-ti a person's right of possession: state of being proper or right: agreement with established principles or customs: fitness: accuracy: property:
    • n Propriety prō-prī′e-ti (obs.) individuality
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  • Thomas Bowdler
    Thomas Bowdler
    “Those expressions are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.”
  • Robert Chapman
    Robert Chapman
    “A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.”
  • Confucius
    “Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?”
  • Jane Austen
    “I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. propriété, L. proprietas, fr. proprius, one's own, proper. See Property Proper
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. proprietasproprius, one's own.


In literature:

Yes, in strict propriety, for they can properly be called gasses only when brought to an aeriform state.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
You think it's a gentle sentiment that one can subject to considerations of propriety and decorum, and God knows what.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
I also hinted the propriety of taking up the bills at Paris, if possible.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
After free and highly critical comment regarding this particular aid to propriety, the game was permitted to go on.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
How stupid these proprieties are!
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
It has waited till this day, for thee, its propriety.
"Rosin the Beau" by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
I reported to them on the propriety of releasing their prisoners.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
The Lady Barbara slid from his grasp with a pretty scream of amazement and shocked propriety.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
I believe that I acquitted myself with propriety, but coldly, of the mission I had undertaken.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
A visiting minister is honored with fixed propriety.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
He gathered that that was her idea of propriety.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
I begin to get terribly tired of propriety.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
This was what the law called murder, whatever the propriety of the name.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The latter admitted the propriety of the proposal, and promised to send it.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
And yet all this is an array of "mights" that have no real propriety, for events occur but once in the world, and they only occur in one mode.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
If you think that your daughter is now conducting herself with propriety, I can only wash my hands of her.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
The propriety, the respectability!
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Mr. Hall said he never heard any lady read with such propriety of expression or purity of accent.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
For "sense," he would willingly have said "moral;" propriety required it.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
No bounds of propriety were observed in the theme or in its treatment by these paid entertainers.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett

In poetry:

Thou, who in many a propriety,
So truly art the sun to me,
Add one more likeness (which I'm sure you can)
And let me and my sun beget a man!
"The Parting" by Abraham Cowley
But order in the lofty firmament
Draws a viewers' thoughts less so,
Than doth Thine own law, Lord, to propriety
Turn the senses and lay waste desire.
"Song I" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
Then would I take some proper girl to wife,
And know the joys of a "well-ordered" life,
Beget suburban daughters who would be
Models of drawing-room propriety.
"Suburbia - A Yearn" by C J Dennis
When full of tay and cake,
O'Brine began to spake;
But juice a one could hear him, for a sudden roar
Of a ragamuffin rout
Began to yell and shout,
And frighten the propriety of Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Our Mr. Jiggs was certainly an estimable youth,
A pillar of propriety, a champion of truth;
He had a good position in a warehouse in the town;
A staunch church-worker, he became a layman of renown.
"William And Bill" by Edward Dyson
Alas for lost freedom! Alas for me!
For oh, Society's lip would curl,
Propriety's self with scornful eye
And gilt-edged Fashion would pass me by
To know that sometimes I'm dying to be
The romp, the rover, the same old girl.
"The Woods" by Hattie Howard

In news:

(Nov 25, 2010) Two Oxford students in 1892 are in love with two young women and invite them to lunch to tell them so, but they need a chaperone to maintain propriety.
103 Propriety Of Compensating A Non-Expert Witness In A Civil Action Adopted December 19, 1998.
The man who raised a constitutional challenge to the propriety of his conviction of failing to register as a sex offender waived his ex post facto claim when he entered into a plea agreement, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
Whitney Port Needs a Lesson in Office Propriety .
McCain's Focus on Georgia Raises Question of Propriety .
Lurking Behind the Victorian Propriety, Wit and Pluck.
Propriety of Communicating with Employee or Former Employee of an Adverse Party Organization.
The endless train wreck that is Bret Easton Ellis's Twitter feed has run over yet another issue of propriety.
In letters to organizations dealing with foreign policy, McCaskill requested "official comments" on the propriety of government contracting with overseas companies connected with Iran.
Americans hold US military officers to a high ethical standard and propriety.
Lurking Behind the Victorian Propriety, Wit and Pluck .
Could The Volcker Rule Rein In Propriety Trading.
Pasties, booze, and pretty girls (and bois) thumbing their noses at propriety.
In May, undercover agents contacted Daoud, who "confirmed his belief in the propriety of killing Americans in a terrorist attack, " either in the United States or overseas, and started seeking online resources for an attack, the FBI said.
Kenneth Rudnicki and Lena Kay star in 'The Bald Soprano,' an early and classic example of theatre of the absurd that takes a linguistically wild swipe at middle class propriety.

In science:

In we constructed an example of an abstract CR structure where there is no such CR extension propriety.
On the Holomorphic Extension of CR Distributions from Non Generic CR Submanifolds of $\C^L$
To investigate the possible presence of a magnetic field in th e secondary, we calculated synthetic Stokes V profiles for a star similar to the secondary one, with a v sin i of 59 km.s−1, and considering the same magnetic proprieties of the primary, described in Section 6.2.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
This relation gives a prediction of τp as a function of p, which only depends on the proprieties of the most intermittent structures.
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions
But, in general, even under this condition the good deformation propriety of the algebras involved (assuming R to be quasiclassical) is not ensured.
Braided affine geometry and q-analogs of wave operators
This propriety quickly stops being true as the tick increases.
The nature of price returns during periods of high market activity
An} be a set of variables (i.e attributes or proprieties). The set of interpretations is the Cartesian product of all domains of attributes in V. When each attribute is binary, domains are denoted by Di={ai,¬ai}.
Fuzzy Knowledge Representation Based on Possibilistic and Necessary Bayesian Networks
Propriety and the fact that T ′ is partitioned into loops are trivial.
Randomness and Non-ergodic Systems
While the LISA test flight precursor LTP will investigate these effects during the preliminary phases of the mission, the very stringent requirements on the test mass magnetic cleanliness make ground-based characterization of its magnetic proprieties paramount.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
We propose a torsion pendulum technique to accurately measure on ground the magnetic proprieties of the LISA/LTP test masses.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
The magnetic proprieties of the LISA test mass will be measured by observing the torques acting on it when sub jected to a controlled oscillating field ~Bf (~x, t) = ~B0 (~x) sin ωm t produced by a suitable excitation coils configuration.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
In addition, the strict requirements on the magnetic cleanliness make the verification of these proprieties a very important issue.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
The torsion pendulum technique, with its widely demonstrated high torque sensitivity, can be applied to a significant characterization of the magnetic proprieties of the LISA/LTP test masses.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
The question is: what are the characteristics of a string theory that holographically would reproduce in the four dimensional boundary the key proprieties of QCD.
QCD Review
Proposition 19: Let P be a Sylow p-subgroup of P er(C ), hence the group H ′ (P ) verifies the following proprieties: • NSn (< T l >) ⊂ H ′ (P ), • NSn (P ) ⊂ H ′ (P ).
The Permutation Groups and the Equivalence of Cyclic and Quasi-Cyclic Codes
In a general case, the parameter (ρ0, θ0 ) is unknown, so the propriety of the optimality of the test is not asserted.
Local asymptotically optimal test in ARCH model