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Pro*pri"e*ty (?), n.; pl. Proprieties (#). [F. propriété, 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&ö;graphers, . . . who seldom forget proprieties of such a nature. Sir T. Browne.
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.