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English definition of “propriety”


noun [U]  /prəˈprɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/ us  
correct moral behavior or actions: Critics questioned the propriety of the senator’s appearance at a political fundraiser with a convicted criminal.
(Definition of propriety from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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