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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Propriety  \Pro*pri"e*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Proprieties}.  [F. 
  propri['e]t['e],  L.  proprietas  fr  proprius  one's  own 
  proper.  See  {Property},  {Proper}.] 
  1.  Individual  right  to  hold  property;  ownership  by  personal 
  title;  property.  [Obs.]  ``Onles  this  propriety  be 
  exiled.''  --Robynson  (More's  Utopia). 
  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. 
  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  2.  That  which  is  proper  or  peculiar;  an  inherent  property  or 
  quality;  peculiarity.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
  We  find  no  mention  hereof  in  ancient  zo["o]graphers, 
  .  .  .  who  seldom  forget  proprieties  of  such  a 
  nature.  --Sir  T. 
  3.  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,''  --Locke. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  correct  or  appropriate  behavior  [syn:  {properness},  {correctitude}] 
  [ant:  {impropriety},  {impropriety}] 

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