n. pl. pro·pri·e·ties
a. Conformity to conventional standards of behavior or morality.
b. proprieties Socially correct usages or behaviors.
2. The quality of being proper; appropriateness.
[Middle English propriete, particular character, ownership, from Old French; see PROPERTY.]
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