AskDefine | Define propriety

Dictionary Definition

propriety n : correct or appropriate behavior [syn: properness, correctitude] [ant: impropriety, impropriety]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. correctness in behaviour and morals
  2. fitness; the quality of being appropriate


Related terms

Extensive Definition

Proper may refer to:
  • Proper (liturgy), the part of a Christian liturgy that is specific to the date within the Liturgical Year
  • Proper frame, such system of reference in which object is stationary (non moving), sometimes also called a co-moving frame
  • Proper, in heraldry, means depicted in natural colors
  • Proper or appropriate conduct
In mathematics:
  • Proper map, in topology , a property of continuous function between topological spaces, if inverse images of compact subsets are compact
  • Proper morphism, in algebraic geometry, an analogue of a proper map for algebraic varieties
  • Proper transfer function, a transfer function in control theory in which the degree of the numerator does not exceed the degree of the denominator
  • It is also used to indicate a subspace or a subset is strictly smaller than its parent—see "strict"

See also

propriety in French: Propre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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