from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of being proper; appropriateness.
- n. Conformity to prevailing customs and usages.
- n. The usages and customs of polite society.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. correctness in behaviour and morals
- n. fitness; the quality of being appropriate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Individual right to hold property; ownership by personal title; property.
- n. That which is proper or peculiar; an inherent property or quality; peculiarity.
- n. 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
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Peculiar or exclusive right of possession; ownership; possession; property.
- n. That which is proper or peculiar; property; peculiarity.
- n. An estate; a holding.
- n. Suitableness to an acknowledged or correct standard or rule; consonance with established principles, rules, or customs; fitness; justness; correctness.
- n. Individuality; particular or proper state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. correct or appropriate behavior
Middle English propriete, particular character, ownership, from Old French; see property.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined between 1425 and 1475 from late Middle English propriete ("ownership"), from Middle French proprieté, from Latin proprietās (Wiktionary)