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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.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.
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