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propriety

noun uk   /prəˈpraɪə.ti/ us    /-t̬i/
[U] formal correct moral behaviour or actions: The director insisted that there was no question as to the propriety of how the funds were raised. She was careful always to behave with propriety.Morality and rules of behaviour proprieties [plural] formal the rules of polite social behaviour: They'd invited us to dinner so we thought we'd better observe the proprieties and invite them back.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectful
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