American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness: "He was a gentlemanly Georgian, a person of early American probity” ( Mary McGrory).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tried virtue or integrity; strict honesty; virtue; sincerity; high principle.
- n. Synonyms Integrity, Uprightness, etc. (see honesty), worth, trustworthiness, trustiness, incorruptibility.
- n. integrity
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Tried virtue or integrity; approved moral excellence; honesty; rectitude; uprightness.
- n. complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
- From French probité, from Latin probitas ("uprightness, honesty"), from probus ("good, excellent, honest"); see probe, prove. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English probite, from Old French, from Latin probitās, from probus, upright, good. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A reputation for probity is vital to exercising influence on the international stage and in conducting business successfully.”
“Please, they contend Im a sloppy joe as great as peanut butter sandwich though in probity of this democracy we be a numba a single stunna in this nation my dopes.”
“Conroy had also told an ATUG breakfast whilst a shadow minister that the NBN process would be "open and transparent" - in stark contrast to the 'probity'-protected process that has eventuated.”
“20081110 Three black organisation in probity for attempted attempted attempted attempted attempted attempted attempted attempted murder of Sias Stander, Coligny rustic - mother stabbed twelve times, still shot upheld 4th attacker.”
“As for the so-called probity of private central banks, even their friends understand the problem:”
“But when the idea of probity is carried out, so far as to imply a view of things comparatively disparaging to Christian morals, it mounts to an anti-climax, and falls over into the province of nonsense.”
“There are certain men in office who, in discharge of their functions, arrogate to themselves a degree of probity, which is to exclude all imputations and all inquiry.”
“His probity is a by-word; his benefactions have enriched the province.”
AN AUSTRALIAN IN CHINA
“I have been your dupe; you have neither shame nor regret, nor remorse: you are rotten to the heart; you have never had an honest sentiment; you have not robbed as long as you had enough to satisfy your caprices; that is what is called probity by rich people of your stamp; then followed want of decency, then baseness, crime, and forgery.”
“I think due to myself, that, if only probity, which is a good thing in its place, brings you back, never return!”
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